The finalists have been announced for the inaugural Celebrate Aberdeen Awards, a new event which is set to recognise and celebrate the city’s third sector.

The event comes on the back of the Celebrate Aberdeen Weekend, which takes place each year at the end of August and features a huge foot parade, as well as musical and dance performances at various venues across the city centre.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony held at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC) on Saturday, September 8th, 2018.

The finalists in the categories are:

Large Charity Of The Year 

  • CLAN Cancer Support 
  • Inspire PTL 
  • The Archie Foundation 

Small Charity Of The Year 

  • Aberdeen SANDS
  • Friends of the Neuro Ward
  • Sunrise Partnership

Social Enterprise Of The Year 

  • Home Start
  • MeToo! 
  • Shazam Theatre Company

Event Of The Year 

  • Eat On The Green’s ‘Human Anchor Of Light’ in aid of Friends Of Anchor 
  • ‘Relay Life For Peterhead’ in aid of Cancer Research UK
  • ‘Scottish Night With A Twist’ in aid of Maggies Aberdeen

Campaign Of The Year 

  • ‘Benaiah’ in aid of Teen Challenge 
  • ‘Mission Christmas’ Northsound Cash For Kids 
  • ‘PAN USA Highway Challenge’ in aid of Heads Together

Volunteer Of The Year 

  • Alan Chalmers, Alcohol & Drugs Action 
  • Anne Morrison, CLAN Cancer Support 
  • Karen Cargill, Donside Village Community 
  • Rita Stephen, CLAN Cancer Support

Young Supporter Of The Year 

  • Dylan Henderson, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers 
  • Lewis Bannerman, Future Choices 
  • Vanessa Finch, All Shapes & Sizes

Staff Member Of The Year 

  • Alistair Meek, Triple A’s 
  • Kirsty Walker, Charlie House 
  • Suz Strachan, SensationALL

Fundraiser Of The Year 

  • Alana Stott, Heads Together 
  • Audrey Wood, RNLI 
  • Gordon Cruden, Teen Challenge 

Corporate Partnership Of The Year 

  • Aberdeen International Airport and MeToo! 
  • BHGE and Sport Aberdeen 
  • The Chester Hotel and Friends of the Neonatal Unit 

Heart Of The Community 

  • Howard Drysdale, Aberdeen Seafarers Centre 
  • Tracy Johnstone, Charlie House 

Commenting on the standard of award entries, Celebrate Aberdeen founder, Morven Mackenzie said: “We fully expected to get some great applications as there are so many amazing individuals and wonderful organisations working in the third sector in this area.

“However, I don’t think any of us involved in organising the event thought that we’d receive quite so many truly inspiring entries. I know for a fact the judges had an incredibly difficult time deciding upon the top three for each category. As they said themselves, absolutely everyone who entered deserved an award.

“The more work we do in the third sector in Aberdeen, the more we realise just how important it is to the city. There are so many charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups working incredibly hard for the benefit of others, often without a huge amount of recognition. We hope that through Celebrate Aberdeen we can help shine a light on just some of that work and some of those people.

“We’re looking forward to a great event at the AECC in September, where, thanks to the incredibly generous support of our local business community, all our third sector guests and their friends and families will be able to enjoy a fantastic evening of food and entertainment and no cost to themselves.

“Our own team of Celebrate Aberdeen volunteers is excited about announcing the winners on the evening, but really we’re just incredibly proud to be able to play a part in helping promote some of the amazing fundraising, volunteering and service provision that happens all the time here in the North-east.”