Meet the #YSAwards 2020 Winners

For the first time ever, the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards took place ONLINE. Which meant that everybody – no matter where they live – could join in on the event.

The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2020 event took place online on Thursday 13th August 2020 at 7pm via our Facebook and YouTube channel.

Check out the amazing winners and their stories of each of our 14 categories below!

Cody McManus, 11, Edinburgh

Category: Unsung Hero

Cody boxed eight young people back to back and in return asked for toy donations for children living in poverty. He filled an entire boxing ring with £12,000 worth of donated toys, which were gifted to 550 local children in time for Christmas.

Isla, 16, and Eilidh Noble, 15, Fraserburgh

Category: Young Hero

Sisters Isla and Eilidh used a lilo to save a man and a young child from drowning in the North Sea.

Mashaim Bukhari, 17, Glasgow

Category: Enhancing Education

The head girl at St Andrew’s RC Secondary School, noticed that many of her fellow students came from busy households, so she arranged for the school hall to be transformed into a study hall after school.

Scottish Youth Climate Strikers - Dylan Hamilton, 16, Linlithgow, Holly Gillibrand, 15, Fort William, Kay Maciverand Esther Silverton, both 15, Edinburgh

Category: Environment & Young Scot of the Year

This group of young people established the Scottish Youth Climate Strike and were key organisers of the September 2019 strike – which was attended by more than 20,000 people.

Jordy Deelight, 24, Edinburgh

Category: The Arts

Jordy Deelight, is a drag artist and DJ who refuses to let cystic fibrosis stifle his creativity. Jordy has created stage shows that give an emotional insight into how life is when you have Cystic Fibrosis.

Hope Gordon, 24, Rogart, Sutherland

Category: Sport

Hope, who crowdfunded £10,000 to have her leg amputated, has become a top para-canoeist.

Hannah Weir, 13, Rothes, Moray

Category: Community

When she was 10, Hannah donated £120 to help her mum set up the Moray School Bank – which provides school uniforms and winter clothing to young people across the region.

Ncuti Gatwa, 26, Dunfermline

Category: Entertainment

The actor, who fled the genocide in Rwanda with his family in 1994, has become a global star thanks to his role in Netflix’s Sex Education.

Alexander Johnstone, 17, Dundee

Category: Excellence in Education

Alexander has no control over his arms and legs. Thanks to his positive mental attitude, he doesn’t let anything get in the way of his education and last year he achieved three National 5 awards.

Paige Holland, 14, Kilmarnock

Category: Health & Wellbeing

Paige sews drawstring bags for the toilets, which the school keep replenished with tampons and towels, and makes individual bags for S1 pupils to keep their products in.

Rob Scott-Branton, 26, Livingston

Category: Enterprise

Rob runs Kids Gone Wild, which delivers weekly outdoor learning programmes for more than 700 children who are struggling in the school environment.

Davie, 21, and Charlotte Donaldson, 18, Brechin

Category: Equality & Diversity

Brother and sister Davie and Charlotte have become Scotland’s top campaigners for Travellers’ rights, advising the Scottish Government on how to stamp out racism towards their community.

Roseanna Campbell, 20, Edinburgh

Category: Volunteering

Roseanna, who was in care throughout her teens and became homeless at the age of 16, has become a champion volunteer as a way of giving something back to the organisation that helped her in her darkest hour.

Be Charlotte, 23 , Dundee

Category: Music

Charlotte Brimmer is a multi-instrumentalist pop artist from Dundee. She left school at the age of 17 to pursue a career in music and has performed across the world, including appearing virtually at the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2020 for a special performance.

The 2021 Event

We are SO excited to be spending another year hearing the amazing stories of young people across Scotland and the countdown is officially ON! All event details to be revealed soon... but first...

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