Local Heroes: Jak Trueman up for award

Jak Trueman died from a rare form of blood cancer. Picture: comp
Jak Trueman died from a rare form of blood cancer. Picture: comp
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Courageous teenager Jak Trueman has been nominated for a posthumous award which could see him named the Capital’s Local Hero 2015.

The 15-year-old passed away last month from a rare form of blood cancer but faced his illness with great fortitude.

Now Jak, whose story continues to inspire, has been nominated in the Inspirational Young Adult category in our Local Hero Awards 2015.

In the days leading up to his death a fundraising page set up in his name raised more than £51,000 as his bravery touched the hearts of the nation.

Now his family have established a charity in his honour to raise money for young people.

Jak’s mother Allison Barr said that it was a “privilege and 
an honour” to see him nominated.

“I’m absolutely humbled and awestruck that people are still thinking about him like that,” she said.

“I know he’s inspirational. But the fact that other people think so too and want to honour him in this way means the world to me.

“That he could end up nominated for the highest accolade is a massive honour.

“It would be amazing if he won it. I know Jak would have a big grin on his face if he knew about it. He would be so chuffed.”

He could go on to be named the Edinburgh Evening News Local Hero, which is the crowning glory of the competition.

Those who stand out above other nominations or have done something truly remarkable will be nominated in this category. Judges will select the winner either from entries received via nomination for this category or from another category.

Jak’s sister Aimee Trueman, 17, and his girlfriend Hannah Boyd, 15, have also been nominated jointly in the Child of Achievement category by West Calder High School for their “strength and maturity”.

The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, June 5 in the Assembly Rooms in George Street when around 300 people will honour the winners.

Costa is sponsoring the Local Hero Awards and the Local Hero category this year.

Kai Hepworth, Costa regional operations manager for the north said: “We are so proud to be sponsoring the Local Hero Awards and we look forward to getting the chance to really celebrate the unsung heroes in our area.

“There are some really inspirational people in our community who go above and beyond, dedicating their own time and efforts to benefit the communities in which they live and these awards will be all about honouring them.”

The other categories include the Bravery/Courage Award, 999 Hero, Community Champion, Teacher of the Year, Health Champion, Carer of the Year, Sporting Achievement, Contribution to Local Sport, Fundraiser or Volunteer of the Year, Neighbour of the Year, and School of the Year.

Robert Pearson has been nominated in the Community Champion Category by Tenants and Residents In Muirhouse (Trim).

He volunteers as a shop manager at Muirhouse Community Shop, and chairs the Tenants Group.

How you can get involved

THE Local Hero Awards are open to anyone who lives in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Winners will be announced on Friday June 5 at the Assembly Rooms.

The easiest way to nominate someone is to visit www.localheroaward.co.uk.

This dedicated website will allow you to choose which category you wish to enter, as well as allowing you to tell us all about your nominee.

If you would prefer to enter by post, please send your entry to Edinburgh Evening News, The Local Hero Awards, Orchard Brae House, 30 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh EH4 2HS.

Entry forms are available in today’s paper on page 20. Entries must include your name, address and telephone number. Please make it clear which category you wish to enter your nominee for and explain why you think they deserve to win the award.

The closing date for nominations is Tuesday, May 5.