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Jak Trueman Announced as Overall Winner at Young Scot Awards

1 May 2015

Jak Trueman, 15, from West Calder, was announced as the overall winner of the Young Scot Awards 2015 at the milestone tenth Young Scot Awards – Scotland’s biggest ever celebration of young people.

Teenage cancer fundraiser Jak and his mission to raise thousands of pounds for charity right until his death last month touched the hearts of the nation. The teen was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer but he and his friends refused to stop raising cash, even in the last few days of his life. They have collected £100,000 for Edinburgh Sick Kids friends Foundation, Children In Need, CLIC Sargent and Lymphoma and Leukaemia Research.

The Young Scot Awards, now in its tenth year, recognises the incredible achievements of remarkable young people across 11 different categories including Community, Cultural Diversity, Enterprise, Unsung Hero, Volunteering, Sport, Entertainment and The Arts. The 3,000 guests attending the awards on Thursday night at Edinburgh’s iconic Usher Hall were wowed by performances from pop sensation Connor Maynard, Scottish band Prides and The Voice 2015 winner Stevie McCrorie.

The awards were hosted by Edith Bowman and attended by famous faces including 2015 X-Factor finalists Andrea Faustini and Only the Young. They were joined on the red carpet by Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Ross Murdoch, Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferry and Nathan Henry, the cast from River City and 2014 X-Factor finalist Nicholas McDonald.

Jak’s mother, Allison, said: “I can’t describe what this means to me as Jak’s mum. It’s a massive honour and I’m so proud of him. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us to make Jak’s dreams a reality, but this reminds us it’s all worthwhile. I can just picture his massive smile now.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “This year’s milestone Young Scot Awards has been the biggest celebration of Scotland’s young people to date, which is testament to the incredible work young Scots have done over the last ten years in communities across Scotland. Congratulations to winners and finalists, as well as each and every nominee for their hard work and dedication – you’ve all done us proud.

“It’s important that the hard work and dedication of every Young Scot nominee over the past ten years is carried on by other young people in communities across the country. It’s equally important we recognise the achievements of these inspirational young people and celebrate them every day.”

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, said: “Tonight has shown us all how special the young people of Scotland really are. Their passion, dedication and commitment to helping in their communities across Scotland is breath-taking and I’m proud to be a part of this celebration.

“Jak’s death has saddened his family, friends and so many people. However, his story has inspired the nation and his memory will live on. He has had a remarkable impact on young people and his family have so much to be proud of when they remember Jak and continue the fantastic work he started.”

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Young Scot Awards 2015 – Roll of Honor

Young Scot

Winner Jak Trueman, 15, Mid Calder, West Lothian

Unsung Hero

Winner Kevin Martin, 21, Carntyne, Glasgow

Finalists Patrick Kiehlmann, 11, Glasgow; Hayley Leys, 21, Aberdeen

Sponsors Solace


Winner Mark Flood, 18, Glasgow

Finalists Emma McDonald, 24, Peebles; Aleena Lippiatt, 26, Glasgow

Sponsors Skills Development Scotland


Winner Jamie McIntosh, 15, Edinburgh

Finalists Natalie Curran, 17, Glasgow; The Unstoppables, 16-19, Dundee


Winner Michael Gowan, 20, Summerhill, Dumfries

Finalists Clydebank Teenagers, Clydebank; Recharge Youth Managers, 15 and 16, Tranent, East Lothian

Sponsors The Scottish Government


Winner Ross Gunning, 20, Glasgow

Finalists Claire Hastings, 25, Holywood, Dumfries; Hey, I’m Alive!: Jordan McKinley, Will Stringer, Jenny McCraw, Coleen Garrett and Christie Russell-Brown, 18-21, Edinburgh


Winner Ryan Ledgerwood, 17, Glasgow

Finalists Lauren Strain, 18, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire; Scott Sutherland, 22, Glasgow

Sponsors QMS


Winner Lynsey Sharp, 24, Edinburgh

Finalists Erraid Davies 14, Skeld, Shetland; Amy Clark, 15, Eaglesham, Renfrewshire

Sponsors sportscotland


Ryan Harris was a deserving winner of the Environment award

Winner Ryan Harris, 24, Maryhill, Glasgow

Finalists Christopher Linton, 22, Montrose, and Charlie’s Plot, 10-14, Methilhill, Fife

Sponsors Scottish Gas


Winner Keira Lucchesi, 25

Finalists Ian Henderson, 20; Eubha Akilade, 16

Sponsors Megabus

Cultural Diversity

Winner Puneet Puri, 21, Glasgow

Finalist Ahmed Ibrahim, 23, Glasgow

Sponsors University of St Andrews

Young Hero

Winner Jak Trueman, 15, Mid Calder, West Lothian

Finalists Matthew Gibb, 14, Glasgow; Abi Wardle, 16, Galashiels, Selkirkshire

Sponsors The Co-operative

Support sponsors

Leckie & Leckie, Legacy 2014, stormid, BT and Highland Spring