Searching for Real Heroes

The late Margaret Gibb from Bellshill is pictured with Carol Smillie at last year's awards.
The late Margaret Gibb from Bellshill is pictured with Carol Smillie at last year's awards.

The third season of RBS – Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes has been launched to find Scotland’s most deserving community heroes.

STV is calling for people to nominate the friends, family or community groups who have dedicated their time and effort to helping the lives of others.

Last year’s overall winner was Margaret Gibb from Bellshill who picked up the Community Champion award for her work with play schemes in the area. Sadly, Margaret passed away in January.

Margaret’s daughter Shona Gibb said: “My mum was absolutely touched by being nominated. She was even more thrilled when she won her category Community Champion of the Year and then the overall winner for 2014.”

Shona said that the family were pleased that Margaret was finally recognised for the hard work she carried out for nearly 40 years.

She added: “We were overwhelmed by the number of votes Mum received and how kind people were. She died knowing how much people thought of her and how loved she was.

“These awards are a great way to recognise unsung heroes like my Mum and the great work they do throughout their daily lives.”

The new series, presented by Carol Smillie and sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, will air on STV this autumn with viewers across Scotland encouraged to cast their vote for the heroes they believe are most deserving of an award.

Each week, shortlisted nominees will be interviewed by a range of star reporters including Newarthill actress Elaine C Smith, comedians Fred MacAulay and Sanjeev Kohli, River City stars Jayd Johnson and Stephen Purdon, and actors Ron Donachie and David Hayman to gain some insight into the inspiring work they do within their local communities.

Vicky Loch, RBS’s local chief executive officer for North Lanarkshire, said: “This is a fantastic way to recognise inspiring individuals who have generously dedicated their time and skills to helping others within our communities in Scotland.”

For more information about making a nomination visit Real Heroes or get involved on Twitter #scotlandsrealheroes.