Bellshill woman shock at being shortlisted for ‘hero’ award

Lisa McKechnie (left) larks about with presenter Carol Smillie during filming
Lisa McKechnie (left) larks about with presenter Carol Smillie during filming

Bellshill woman Lisa McKechnie admits she never imagined she would be to be nominated as one of Scotland’s ‘Real Heroes’.

Last April Lisa opened Fever Pitch theatre school in Liberty Road Community Church, and has since gone on to expand into Coatbridge.

The performing art student using music and dance to improve the confidence of youngsters aged 3-18 with sessions costing just £5.

Such has been her impact on the kids that a group of mums nominated her in the Real Heroes awards in the Young Community Entrepreneur of the Year category.

Lisa’s story will be shown on STV on Friday, November 1, after tv presenter Carol Smillie paid her and the school a visit.

She said: “I knew nothing about this until STV called to say I was on the shortlist so it really did come as something of a surprise.

“Apparently most nominees get one or two nominations, but I had something like eight or nine, so I have to thank all the mums for their support.

“Carol came out to see me and then they filmed a rehearsal and interviewed some of the nominators and the kids which everyone really enjoyed.

“I have never thought of myself as a hero, that sort of term normally is for carers or other selfless people, but I am quite happy to be in the young entrepreneur category.”

After Lisa’s story is shown on STV the public will have one week to vote for her ahead of the awards ceremony in Edinburgh which will be shown on Friday, November 15.

Lisa said: “I have ordered my dress and I’m looking forward to enjoying a good night and Edinburgh and meeting some wonderful people.

“I would be delighted to win, but I am not expecting to, in my category there is a group who are doing great work combating cyber bullying and to be honest they have my vote.”