Glasgow awards to recognise city's unsung heroes

David McClelland of Merck <i>(Image: Colin Mearns, Newsquest)</i>
David McClelland of Merck (Image: Colin Mearns, Newsquest)

Inspirational Glaswegians from every corner of the city are preparing for their moment in the spotlight.

The grand final of the Glasgow Community Champion Awards, organised by the Glasgow Times in partnership with Glasgow City Council, Wheatley Glasgow, Trades House of Glasgow and Merck, takes place at the City Chambers tonight.

Hosted by TV presenter Amy Irons, this uplifting event marks the 15th anniversary of the awards, which recognise Glasgow’s unsung heroes.

Glasgow Times: Event host Amy Irons
Glasgow Times: Event host Amy Irons

Event host Amy Irons (Image: Newsquest)

Heat winners from the north west, north east and south heats of the annual contest will battle it out for the sought-after trophies.

Fighting it out for the Team Award are Ruchazie Pantry, The Courtyard Pantry and Swamp (South West Arts and Music Project).

The Individual Award finalists are Kenny Trainer of Bluevale Community Club, Laura Torrance, of Spinal Injuries Scotland, and Amanda Smith.

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Contenders for the Public Service Award are Youth Initiatives Scotland, Men Matter Scotland and Glasgow’s Golden Generation.

Paramedic partnerships Willie Anderson and Scott Diamond, and Tommy McCallum and Courtney Braceline, PC Natalie Pollok, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus officers and Glasgow South campus officers are in the running for the Uniformed Services Award.

Competing for the Young Award are Kodie Stewart, Emmanuel Gebreyes and Megan McCloskey.

The Senior Award finalists are Jean Menzies, Milton Rattlers and Annabell Palmer.

The Health and Wellbeing finalists are Jiggly Joggers, Growing Together and Urban Youth Project.

Castlemilk Community Football, Glasgow Gals Cycling Club and Sparta Trampoline Club are the three Sports Award finalists.

The School Award finalists are Haghill Park Nursery and Primary, Shawlands Primary, St Albert’s Primary and Lochend Community High School.

Our newest partner is Merck, a leading science and technology company with a base in Maryhill.

Site head David McClelland said: “It is fantastic to be involved in the Glasgow Community Champion Awards.

“Merck is very proud to be rooted in Glasgow and our employees are very conscious of our community here in the north of the city, where we support local charitable initiatives.

“Merck operates with six core values, two of which are achievement and responsibility and the Glasgow Times Community Champion Awards are perfectly aligned with these values."

The company also runs a Spark programme to promote Stem education in local schools and has partnered with Glasgow Science Centre on initiatives aimed at inspiring the next generation of scientists and innovators.

Merck’s Curiosity Cube, a retrofitted shipping container turned mobile lab, takes science and technology experiments directly into communities.

“We are always looking at different ways of supporting and inspiring our community here in Glasgow, and being part of the Community Champion Awards has been a great experience,” added David.

“As part of the judging panel, I was very impressed by the community spirit that exists all over the city, with people going out of their way to do things for their fellow citizens, with no benefit to themselves.

“I wish all the finalists the best of luck for tonight, which promises to be an uplifting and exciting evening.”