But on a magical night in Edinburgh, the city lit up as we celebrated those who have become pillars of their local communities over the last 12 months. The Edinburgh Evening News Local Hero awards honour those who have sacrificed their time and effort to ensure their family, friends and neighbours have the best possible life in the Capital. Hundreds of guests turned out to see winners in 14 categories pick up their awards on a spectacular evening in Edinburgh, hosted by Forth One's Arlene Stuart with support from many sponsors, including Sir Tom Farmer.
LOCAL HERO 2019: LISA FLEMING
The 35-year-old was diagnosed with incurable secondary breast cancer in 2017, but established the Make 2nds Count organisation to fund research into a cure.
COMMUNITY CHAMPION: JUNE HORNE
June Horne was celebrated for her Sweet Dignity community recycling facility in Midlothian.
JUNIOR LOCAL HERO: ALIX RENWICK, RAE BLAIR and REESE BLACK
Judges were unable to separate the nominees in the Junior Local Hero category resulting in a three-way tie.
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FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR: KEITH ARMOUR
The 42-year-old organised his first charity sci-fi convention in 2016 to raise money for Childrens Hospices Across Scotland, now raising more than 260,000.
SPORTING HERO: STEVE WATERSTON
The long-distance athlete completed the Loch Ness marathon just eight months after recovering from a life-threatening illness. Rugby legend Gavin Hastings presented the award.
HEALTH CHAMPIONS: SANDRA BAGNALL and CATRIONA SCOTT
The pair have inspired pupils and teachers at Broughton Primary to improve their well-being by leading the Edinburgh Marathon programme.
INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG ADULT: HEATHER NICOL
Heather 17, has campaigned for Heathers Law to give young people the right to refuse to see a parent convicted of domestic abuse.
MUSIC AND ARTS AWARD: KIRSTY BAIRD
Kirsty has overseen the growth of the Sing in the City project to 16 choirs across the Capital. This has raised more than 100,000 for local communities.
NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR: LESLEY AND ELAINE GREER
Lesley and Elaine Greer were described as an amazing support by their neighbours.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF THE YEAR: JIMMY AND LINDA BEVIS
Devoted foster parents Jimmy and Linda Bevis have provided a home in the Capital to more than 140 children over 35 years.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR: LINDA BAIN
Linda was hailed for her work in the Additional Support for Learning Service in ensuring youngsters with reduced mobility can be confident and independent
CARER OF YEAR: SUSAN WILSON
Susan, 43, who was unable to attend the ceremony, won the award for her tireless work in caring for son Riley, who was born with Down Syndrome.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: MARIA BARNETT
Maria Barnett, who was unable to attend the event, was recognised for her work in providing vital home care services to those with children with disabilities.
BRAVERY AWARD: AMY and JORDAN POLLOCK
Siblings Amy and Jordan showed a stunning level of courage in a dire situation by performing lifesaving CPR treatment on their dad following a cardiac arrest.
Edinburgh Kaz Ali entertained guests at the awards.