VOTE FOR YOUR MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD WINNER


We are giving you the chance to vote for your Scotland's Champion.

The Making a Difference Award, sponsored by Specsavers is for an individual or group who has made a difference to somebody’s life or to their local community. We know that there are people throughout Scotland - unsung heroes - who have gone above and beyond to make a difference to others. It's those little acts of human kindness that can often make the biggest impact.


We received many nominations for the category however the judges have selected just 3 fabulous finalists.
Read about them below and vote for who you want to be crowned the Making a Difference Award winner. 



Care Home Relatives Scotland

     

The aim of this group is to bring together people who have loved ones in nursing and residential homes. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, visiting restrictions meant lots of people were unable to see husbands, wives, mums, dads and other relatives who had always been a huge part of their lives. Brought together by social media the group worked closely with the Government and opposition politicians and achieved significant improvements to the original visiting guidance. They went on to provide a voice for care home residents and relatives and along with the Sunday Mail were instrumental in driving through Anne’s Law which recognises that care home residents should have the same rights as those living in the community. The law is named after Anne Duke, a 63-year-old home care therapist whose plight inspired a Sunday Mail campaign. Anne passed away last year but her husband Campbell and daughter Natasha pushed on fighting for the law change which will enshrine visiting rights for care home residents.

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Piotr Dziedzic, 43, Kelso, Roxburghshire & Robert Dluzak, 49, Eyemouth, Berwickshire


When the war between Russia and Ukraine began, Polish-born Piotr and Robert knew they had to do something to help. Piotr, who worked in a restaurant in Kelso and Robert, who has a laundry in Berwick, put out an appeal for donations of clothes, blankets and provisions to take to the stricken country. They then hired a van and drove the much-needed supplies 1,500 miles to the Polish/Ukraine border where they handed them out to hundreds of folk who had been forced to flee their homes. During their two week stay they helped out in a sports hall which had been turned into a shelter.

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Ruth Moss, 50, Edinburgh


Since 2014, Ruth has been a tireless volunteer for the NSPCC - dedicated in particular to promoting online safety among young people. She was spurred into action after tragically losing her 13-year-old daughter Sophie to suicide - and since then has done everything she can to help keep young people safe. Ruth has been heavily involved with the NSPCC’s Wild West Web campaign - raising awareness of the need for social networks to have a duty of care towards young users. She has devoted her time and energy to this campaign - speaking to the media, at roundtable events and at press briefings in a bid to stop other families having to suffer the loss of a child. Ruth also runs a tribute fund for Childline in memory of her daughter - and has raised more than £19,000.

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Vote for your Making a Difference Award winner!

Voting closes 23:59 on 21st August 2022. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 17th September 2022.