Charity of the Year 2013 | Scottish SPCA
The Scottish SPCA won the much sought-after title of Charity of the Year in recognition of its hugely successful year in 2012. It achieved a series of long-term goals, including the opening of a National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Clackmannanshire and the redevelopment of the Highlands and Islands Animal Rescue Centre.
People’s Choice Heart and Soul Award | Scottish SPCA
18,000 people voted online for the People’s Choice Heart and Soul Award, which went to Scottish SPCA with 7,000 of the votes.
This was an amazing double win for Scotland’s animal welfare charity.
Campaign of the Year 2013 | Equal Marriage, The Equality Network
The Equality Network’s Equal Marriage Campaign has been named winner of the Campaign of the Year award.
Its Equal Marriage campaign led to Scotland becoming the first part of the UK to launch marriage equality legislation in December 2012 when a draft marriage and civil partnership (Scotland) bill was published for consultation. A final version will be introduced to the Scottish Parliament in summer 2013.
Charity Champion 2013 | Michael Pattie
The Charity Champion award for an individual who has gone the extra mile to advance a cause went to Michael Pattie.
Michael has worked with the Meningitis Research Foundation since 1999, when his 13-year-old son David died of the disease.
Michael has raised over £100,000 in the last 14 years through a variety of activities, including the creation of Strictly for Charity, an annual fundraising showcase in his native Dumfries, which has raised a total of £250,000 for nearly 20 different Scottish charities.
Community Action 2013 | Eighteen and Under
Eighteen and Under triumphed in the Community Action category.
The organisation was set up in 1994 by rape crisis volunteers who noticed that many women who experience abuse as adults had first been victims as children.
The organisation provides support and information to abused young people while they are still young in a bid to prevent their revictimisation and long-term problems.
Partnership Award 2013 | Scottish Refugee Council & Aberlour Child Care Trust for the Scottish Guardianship Service
The service, which is the first of its kind in the UK, provides individual guardians to child refugees arriving in Scotland alone. It worked with 120 highly vulnerable young people between 2010 and 2012 and doubled their chances of getting positive grants of asylum.