Leuchie short-listed for 2022 Scottish Charity Awards

Leuchie House has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards at the 2022 Scottish Charity Awards. We are finalists in the Campaign of the Year category for The Big Hare Trail and also in contention for the Digital Citizen award for our enabling technology work.

Run annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the awards celebrate the best of Scotland’s voluntary sector.

We are also in with a chance of a third award! While a judging panel will determine the winners under nine distinct categories, members of the public can vote for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award.

You can cast a vote for Leuchie by visiting scvo.scot/vote - before 5pm on Friday 20 May.

Mark Bevan, CEO at Leuchie, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Scottish Charity Awards in recognition of our efforts to do more, for more people and to thrive through adversity

“Meeting changing needs in the fast-changing times of the past two years has been a challenge for us all and Leuchie House responded by looking for new opportunities to re-imagine respite and fundraising.

“The team worked energetically with our guest and carer community, major funders and private sector businesses to do more, beyond our walls. We had a unique fundraising campaign which involved all of the guest and local community and we have created entirely new ways of reaching into people's homes to provide respite, creating new opportunities for guests, supporters and for our charity."

Leuchie’s short-listed Campaign of the Year entry focused on the success of The Big Hare Trail, which celebrated our 10th Anniversary as an independent charity last year.

Leuchie worked in partnership with Wild in Art to deliver this spectacular public art event for the community that featured 10 six-foot-tall Hare sculptures, each one individually designed by a local artist to form a free, family-friendly trail of discovery. Fundraising initiatives held throughout the 10-week trail included an auction, and helped the campaign raise more than £193,000.

The short-listing in the Digital Citizen category recognises the giant strides Leuchie has made over the past year in embracing technology and innovation.

Mark added: “We are particularly proud to have established a new Centre for Enabling Technology, led by a skilled team, which empowers people affected by conditions such as MS, MND and Parkinson's to enjoy greater independence - both at Leuchie, and when they return home.

“We have installed SMART technology in all of our bedrooms, embarked on an exciting partnership with the National Robotarium, and saved the NHS thousands through a digital pressure sore mapping system.”

Following two years of restrictions and online ceremonies, the 2022 Scottish Charity Awards winners will be announced on 15 June at a glittering awards ceremony hosted by BBC’s Sally Magnusson at Glasgow's Crowne Plaza hotel.

To view the full list of finalists, visit the SCVO website.