We have taken into consideration all of the nominations and we are delighted to announce the finalists for each award and the opening of the voting!
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Voting closes Sunday 29th October at midnight!
Blue Lights Hero Award
Kindly Sponsored By Peter Vardy Vauxhall
NERVS Blood Bikes
North East Rider Volunteers – Scotland (NERVs) Blood Bikes are made up of volunteers, people who are willing to give their time freely to try and help the NHS save lives by transporting a variety of medical items between hospitals.
The needs of the charity are many, ranging from riding/driving to assisting at fundraising events.
Equally important are the duties of managing the funds, rotas, paperwork and keeping the vehicles on the road which is done by the Controllers/Dispatchers and Committee Officers.
The members, who come from all walks of life, are a vital part of the group and all have a huge raft of skill sets they draw on to achieve their aim to give something back to our communities and, give something back to the healthcare service providers we all make use of at some point in our lives.
The Sandpiper Wildcat Project trains teams of responders across the whole of Aberdeenshire and Grampian who assist when calls are made to the emergency services for someone suffering a cardiac arrest. Their responders provide lifesaving treatment in the early minutes, arriving at times before the ambulance. This project is saving lives and bringing communities together by getting groups working and training together.
Alan has been a front line ambulance paramedic with the Scottish Ambulance Service for the past 37 years serving on the air ambulance, he is also a former leading ambulance man, and a mentor for a large number of new student ambulance technicians and paramedics . He also gives up time every month to train the Westhill first responder group normally after a twelve hour dayshift .
Local Citizen of the Year Award
Kindly Sponsored By Balmoral Group
David has been a successful chairperson of Future Choices for many years, putting his energies into raising funds to provide social support for the disabled. He campaigns for disabled rights whilst looking after his disabled mother and dealing with his own health issues.
Paul has just been awarded a British Empire Medal by the Queen for his amazing charity efforts for the ARI Roof Garden despite having suffered a severe brain aneurysm.
She has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for Friends of Anchor and Friends of the Special Nursery. She organised a huge appeal at RACH this year to drop toys and gifts to the patients there, and organised a Facebook campaign to ask people to donate to those in need at Christmas, all whilst working full time.
Teacher of the Year Award
Ruth Skinner MBE
For services to carriage driving and riding for the disabled.
Gael has helped Stoneywood School to win two of Aberdeen City Council’s Children and Young People’s Services Awards and achieve its Sports Scotland Silver School Sport Award in 2016. Her exemplary leadership was cited as a key strength of the school in an Education Scotland Care Inspectorate report in 2015.
Mrs Service is the depute head teacher at Banchory Primary School in charge of years P1-3. She is currently working hard to improve the maths attainment levels at the school with a “maths week” she has organised. .
Health and Safety Award Sponsored by Swire Oilfield Services
Absafe is a charity that truly makes a difference. They help empower children to make safe decisions at home, at school or outdoors.
The work they do is essential. Emergency services don’t have the time or resources to devote to school visits – that’s where they fill the gap.
Since joining the organisation in January he has already made a massive impact on the inherent safety Culture. By introducing innovative ideas such as the safety charter, Safety Arc, care cards and Safe system of work booklet and a behavioural training program. This initiative has been requested to be rolled out world wide, with already huge benefits being seen in a complete Culture change
A team of magicians and facilitators whose core offering to the local community has been their Magically Enhanced Safety sessions which inspire people to care for each other and help change behaviours and attitudes regarding safety. These engaging sessions have resulted in them being invited to showcase their approach to companies and teams all over the world, and has helped thousands of people understand their role in creating a great safety culture.
Search and Rescue Award
Kindly Sponsored By CHC Helicopters
The Sandpiper Wildcat Project trains teams of Responders across the whole of Aberdeenshire and Grampian who assist when a call is made to the emergency services for someone suffering a cardaic arrest. Their responders provide lifesaving treatment in the early minutes, arriving at times before the ambulance. This project is saving lives and bringing communites together by getting groups working and training together.
Neil was a true hero as he rescued another climber who was in difficulty in severe weather conditions.
Aberdeen Mountain Rescue
Based in Westhill they provide a volunteer rescue service for walkers, climbers and others who enjoy outdoor activities in the Cairngorms, and the hills of lower Donside and Deeside. They can also be called out to search for missing persons anywhere in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Carer of the Year Award
Sharon has a 10 year old son with Autism/ADHD. She also has a 16 year old daughter with a rare genetic condition who has been receiving cancer treatment since April. Along with this she also helps look after her disabled mother who has a number of medical conditions.
Through illness and pain Ian is a full time carer for his wife who has MS, osteoporosis and other health issues. He helps with his daughter who suffers from cancer.
Hayden is a 7 year old girl who devotes all her time helping her 10 year old brother who has down syndrome, he would be lost without the constant help from his sister, his speech has came on in leaps & bounds in the last year due to Hayden’s constant help and encouragement.
Employer of the Year Award Kindly Sponsored By JoJo’s Coffee Shop
Churchill Drilling Tools (Rentals)
Churchill Drilling Tools has become established as one of the oil and gas industry’s most successful service companies. The quality, talent and commitment of Churchill colleagues has contributed hugely to that success.
The company works hard to attract and retain the best people. Staff development is essential to enable Churchill to continue providing outstanding service to its customers. Training packages are available to all colleagues and excellent on-the-job training and technical support is provided to ensure staff are comfortable and confident in their roles.
The company invests in a social committee who manage and organise excellent team building events, from trampolining for colleagues and their families, to structured team building activities at Lochter. Events are laid on at least once a month!
Phil Anderson Financial
They were recently honoured with a Best Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility as well as a 4.9/5 star rating on Vouched For, a review site for Independent Financial Advisers.
Granite City Home Improvements
The company expanded 3 years ago from just Plumbing & Heating work into The home improvements market with a major slant on less abled /disabled installations. We are the only showroom with full displays for the care market in Aberdeen.
Community Venture Award
Katie had spent months tirelessly and selflessly setting up a junior park run in Duthie park for the youth of Aberdeen. She has recruited a team of volunteers raised all of the required funds to establish this venture-this amount goes into the thousands of pounds. She has taken time out of her own busy schedule to fill in all of the required paperwork behind the scenes for the last 6 months and made sure everything is covered legally and safely. Although it has only started to get up and running it has already got over 130 children each week aged between 4-14 running 2km at 930 on a Sunday morning.
Station House Media Unit (SHMU)
Helping train people of all abilities in radio, TV and magazine work.
Mark has thrown himself headfirst into creating an initiative that helps change young peoples lives. The programme he runs is called Streetsport and is based in Aberdeen acting under the auspices of the Denis Law legacy Trust.
Streetsport has grown over the last two years from 3000 annual participations to 16,000 (including increasing female participation from 8% to 33%) from young people living areas of Aberdeen suffering from deprivation, regeneration or hot spots of youth related anti social behavior.
This year (2017) alone he has created the following initiatives across Aberdeen.
He has created specific programmes around the motion of “prevention, intervention and diversionary activities” that have not only helped reduce levels of youth related ASB to an all time low in the city but also calls to the fire brigade during their busiest time of the year (Bonfire week) to an all time low. This was recognized with the “Greatest contribution to Police Excellence” award at this years Police Scotland awards.
Mark has created a prevention programme (Kickstart) in Partnership with Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and rescue to target primary school aged children on the cusp of offending that see’s sport used as a hook during curriculum time to engage and break down barriers that lead to stronger relationships with the emergency services.
Mark has created free employability programmes for young people that help them achieve their positive destination in life, its all about what their dream job is and a structured pathway to it with support from Streetsport. There are now youths from areas of deprivation completing
Sporting Achievement Award Kindly Sponsored By Go Jump In Trampoline Park
Denise is the head coach at Granite City Trampoline Club which is a relatively small competitive trampoline club in Aberdeen. She took over the running of the club about 3 years ago (which was then known as Springbox TC) from John Wills, Banchory Trampoline and DMT Club after coaching alongside him for many years. The club has faced many difficulties since Denise took over but the past year has been particularity difficult after being forced to relocate training venues twice from Jesmond Centre, to Alex Collie Centre finally settling in Cummings Park CC in July this year.
He has been the leader of the unofficial jogging group Fit Like Joggers for over a year now and his enthusiasm and dedication shines through at every opportunity. He always smiles and is an inspiration to the whole running group. He leads by example and shows that there are no boundaries to personal achievement. He motivates everyone irrespective of their ability and always has time and energy for everyone. The most recent group of new joggers following the programme had 60 new people varying in ability and experience and David welcomed them all with a smile and encouragement.
For his sheer dedication to playing football for Lewis United Youth u14’s throughout all the years he was with them. He won managers player of the year 2016 and has played in many events abroad including the 2015 Norway Cup which they achieved 12 out of 12 wins. He inspires all young up and coming young talented players to keep working hard for their life goals.
Contribution to Music Award
Sharky Sharky are a shark themed kids rock band from Aberdeen that have gone globally recognised in the children’s music world in the last few years. They’ve written and performed original rock music for kids and it’s a fantastic way to get them into music at a young age. Sharky Sharky are making ‘waves’ ensuring that children have extremely fun and exciting imaginative music to grow up with whilst mainstream music continues to promote sex and materialism at a young age.
To date they have released 2 EP’s and a full album all entirely off their own back (with a small amount of crowd funding help for the album)
Paul has made a huge contribution to traditional music in the North-East of Scotland as a composer, performer and as a teacher of traditional Scottish fiddle music. He’s performed all over the world, performed regularly on TV, radio, regularly plays for the Royal family at Crathie Kirk and featured in the recent remake of Whisky Galore. His compositions are largely inspired by his native North-East of Scotland including a full symphony which was recently performed by the Grampian Concert Orchestra.
Iona helps to promote and preserve the dialect, repertoire and songs from the area. Interpreting traditional Aberdeenshire ballads in a contemporary manner, touring throughout the UK whilst generously making time to perform at several local events and take part in the Aberdeen session scene. A finalist in BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017.
One to Watch Music Award
Full Fat Band
This group of 3 local boys have been playing venues in the north east and beyond for a few years now. Not only do they entertain audiences but regularly play or organise gigs for various charities and are always willing to pitch in with other musicians and groups to help raise money for good causes. Their music is original and catchy and they deserve to get more recognition for both their music and effort.
Ella Winter & Martin JJ Simpson
Ella and Martin have been on the scene as a duo for a very sort time and they have already blown so many people away with their natural talent.
They have performed at the opening of the Aberdeen Airport, won many competitions in Aberdeen such as sound of summer heat and won the Live at your local competition to represent Aberdeen. They have played in many places all around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
The 101 are a young up and coming band from Aberdeen. An indie-pop band started last year the band went from being unknown to releasing their debut single ‘Not you but me’ which reached substantial popularity gaining radio on BBC Scotland, Amazing Radio and BBC introducing. The single also surpassed steaming potential with over 50,000 Spotify streams and 3,000 iTunes downloads in it’s first week of release. On the back of this success the band has since played a sold out show at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree. The band have been described as having a ‘unique sound that is perfectly suited to ambient melodies and clever instrumentation.’ The band’s growing popularity and confidence see’s them excited for the year ahead after a year of hard work and dedication to contributing to aberdeen’s ever-exciting and growing music scene.
Business Personality of the Year Award
Kindly Sponsored By Fueltone
Sally is (director and manager) or Aberdeen Riding Club. ARC is a thriving business serving the North East of Scotland. She has recently led a pioneering £2.2 million development in Aberdeen as a business\sport\community partnership that brings people from all walks of life together. She has spent 20 years making the business a success and has worked tirelessly to do so.
Naz has taken the comedy club concept to Aberdeen and made Breakneck Comedy into one of the UK’s most successful and highly regarded comedy clubs with appearances from comedians near and far including big names like Romesh Ranganathan and Hardeep Singh Kohli. Naz runs events weekly and tackles all the challenges with professionalism, humour and a can do attitude.
Gillian who is a Business Adviser at Elevator UK, has worked at Elevator (formerly Enterprise North East in Peterhead) for 25 years now and in that time she has worked her way up to becoming a Business Adviser who also manages a Team of advisers.
Elevator UK provides Business Gateway services and over the years Gillian has helped countless businesses to start and grow and this in turn helps our economy thrive.
Gillian keeps herself extremely well versed about current assistance to help her clients succeed i.e. grants, training, support initiatives etc, and she always goes the extra mile to find an answer if she doesn’t have the answer herself – this is crucial for businesses.
Tourism and Hospitality Award
Kindly Sponsored By The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa
Aberdeen International Airport
Aberdeen International Airport launched the first phase of its terminal transformation project this year. The full terminal transformation project is due to be completed by 2019 with this, the first phase of the project, launching a month ahead of schedule.
Doug has been helping the crew of the ship Malaviya Seven which had been detained in Aberdeen Harbour for over a year. They ensured that the ship’s Indian crew were not stuck on board their vessel and have organised outings and visits to local places of interest, the countryside and Dons matches and have arranged for local Indian restaurants to provide ‘food from home’, the means to play cricket in Duthie Park and on board the ship as well as seeing to the religious needs of the Christian/Catholic crewmen.
The Den and the Glen
The Den is a new purpose build facility which encourages endless active play for boys and girls to have fun, make friends and eat healthy! The Den restaurant has a large menu and facilities to cater for large birthday parties and seasonal events!
The Glen (Formerly Storybook Glen) is world of make-believe and fun for children (and adults) of all ages, set amidst 28 acres of scenic beauty in Maryculter, Aberdeen.
Husband and wife team David and Sarah Stephen are behind the magic that happens at Barra Castle. Together they renovated their much-loved family home, the 16th century tower house Barra Castle, and now they are on a mission to share this unique setting with visitors and guests to the Barra Farm Shop.Sarah combines her career in television and managing the farm shop, lodges and venue while David runs the family farm which includes the famous Barra Berry.
In the heart of Aberdeenshire’s farming land, on the National Trust’s historic Castle Trail you will find Formartine’s – a pioneering, zero-carbon building, set in acres of beautiful woodland.
VisitAberdeenshire is the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for the city of Aberdeen and surrounding area of Aberdeenshire. It was set up following the amalgamation of three regional tourist bodies, Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership, VisitAberdeen and Visit Royal Deeside. They promote the region nationally, internationally and globally to both leisure and business tourists.
Armed Forces Award
Kindly Sponsored By Arnold Clark
Dean is a former Special Forces operative who retired after injury and 17 years services in the army and special forces. He lives in Aberdeen with his family and is in training to take on a world record, cycling 14,000 miles from Argentina to Alaska in aid of Heads Together a mental health campaign. He is also the SBSA Scottish representative helping current and former members of the SBS with matters from rehabilitation to housing. He spends his days helping others.
Wings for Warriors
A UK registered charity, which gives wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women a future worth fighting for, by training them as professional pilots.
Fraserburgh Sea Cadets
They work partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding and receive corporate support from commercial shipping companies and the Maritime sector. Our core purpose is to celebrate Britain’s maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.
Children Of Courage Award
Kindly Sponsored By Apache
Amy was involved in an accident where she was trapped underwater in an upside down car last December. The bravery she showed that night for a 12 year old was extremely remarkable.
Elly (4) was in the living room with her brother Angus (1) while mum was upstairs. Angus was just learning to walk and pulled a table lamp over, it smashed all over the floor. Elly ran to Angus, held on to him tight so he couldn’t hurt himself and shouted for her mum. All was well thanks to Elly’s quick thinking.
When 7 year old Connor’s mum collapsed with a cardiac arrest he immediately ran to a neighbour for help. If he had stayed to try and get her to wake up she would be dead today but his quick thinking and help from neighbours they kept her alive till Dr and ambulance arrived.