What a great occasion it was at the Assembly Rooms for the Scottish Charity Awards 2015. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for an award.
Here are the worthy winners from each category. For full coverage of the Scottish Charity Awards 2015 head on over to the TFN website.
Photos by Lewis Houghton
Scooping both the Charity of the Year and People's Choice awards caps off a year to remember for MND Scotland. Notable milestones for the charity which works for people with Motor Neurone Disease were the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Personal Care Charging campaign, Gordon’s Fightback campaign and new funding for MND nurses. With 15 staff members, they’ve capitalised on global interest in the illness, ensuring it makes a real difference to the lives of people with MND.
Men United v Prostate Cancer: 5 Inequalities, 5 Solutions
Prostate Cancer UK
This campaign beat some stiff competition to win the coveted Cracking Campaign award. Men United v Prostate Cancer works tirelessly to make Scotland a better place for the 1 in 8 men who are affected by prostate cancer. Its intensive lobbying efforts have triggered a Scottish Government rethink on several crucial issues, including introducing robot-assisted surgery and launching a national survey to better understand cancer patients’ experiences.
All that legwork has paid off for Matthew McVarish as his efforts earn him the title of Charity Champion 2015. Walking 10,000 miles round Europe, Matthew's message to end the silence around child sexual abuse reached millions of people in 30 languages. After speaking at numerous parliaments, at the UN and with Pope Francis, he has been invited by the Council of Europe to give advice on legislative reform across 47 countries.
Scottish Huntington’s Association & Stirling University
Scottish Huntington's Association and Stirling University are the very definition of a Scottish Charity Awards Perfect Partnership. This partnership led to the creation of the world’s first accredited course for health and social care staff to improve their knowledge and confidence to care for people with Huntington’s disease. This is transforming the lives of people and families affected by the devastating neurological condition.
Winning the Digital Dynamo award is deserved recognition of the achievements of the Visibility team. The Visibility Digital Participation Project is addressing low take-up of technology among people with visual impairments, helping them to enjoy all the benefits of digital technology. Working with adults with visual impairments in the West of Scotland, it provides training and peer support to build digital skills and confidence.