Scottish ace Andy Robertson surprises Little Champions trio with trip to see Santa


It was an evening that so many people have been waiting for – an evening filled with celebration, camaraderie and enthusiastic applause for his examples of heroism and moving and empowering dedication to others.

The Scotland’s Champions Awards have seen stars from the stage, film and sport present awards, encourage and recognize the incredible acts of selfless courage shown by incredible Scots during exceptional times.

One of the highlights of the evening was our trio of Little Champions who Liverpool and Scottish ace Andy Robertson surprised with a trip to Lapland to see Santa Claus.

Little heroes Mila Sneddon, five, Jack Irvine, nine and Zac Gunn, three, jumped for joy when the famous footballer appeared on the big screen and granted them a Christmas wish.

The defender, who has his own charity, said: “Congratulations Jack, Mila and Zac you are all super brave and really are the little champions of life. I want to share a big surprise with you all. To celebrate your bravery , the AR 26 charity and our great friends at Stewart Travel all take you to Lapland to meet another great friend of mine – Santa Claus. Make sure I’m on the nice list and having the best time in my life.



Liverpool and Scotland player Andy Robertson gives message to Little Champions winners

The Little Heroes received their awards from Andy’s pal and former Dundee United star, Mark Wilson, and Mila’s favorite princess, Sleeping Beauty.

Mila, who is being treated for leukemia, stole the heart of the nation when a photo of her kissing her father through the glass of her kitchen window was featured in the Duchess of Cambridge’s photo lock project, Hold Still. In May, the little girl’s dream of meeting a real princess in a pink dress came true when the Duchess invited her to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Since then, Mila has launched her own charity campaign inviting children and adults to ‘Scoot in September’ to raise funds for Blood Cancer UK.

She said, “I’m so excited. I can’t wait to see Santa Claus. It was nice to meet another princess and she also loved my dress. I had so much fun.

Super cute Zac, who battles pulmonary hypertension (HP), a rare and fatal disease that affects the heart and lungs, stole the show in his little kilt.

The toddler, who is an ambassador for Andy’s charity, lives on crowded time and is in desperate need of a new set of lungs, but, because he is so small, his donor must have less nine years old.



Hosts Jackie Bird and Des Clarke
Hosts Jackie Bird and Des Clarke

He said: “I love Andy, the dinosaurs and Santa Claus. I am happy.”

Jack, a quick-witted schoolboy who saved his father by asking Alexa for help when he was seriously injured after a horrific fall from a roof, said: “I just can’t do it. to believe. Everyone has been so good to us. I just did what I had to do for my dad.

Hosted by television legend Jackie Bird and DJ and comedian Des Clarke and featuring a rousing performance by singer Kyle Falconer, the awards were held at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Glasgow.

The night was filled with dozens of incredible moments, like when Lee Metcalf, who won the Outstanding Bravery category, was crowned Scottish champion in the 2021 overall standings.

The delivery driver risked his life to save a man trapped in a burning truck after he overturned on the freeway.



Scottish champion 2021 Lee Metcalf
Scottish champion 2021 Lee Metcalf

Lee, 46, stopped his truck and ran to the burning truck. He pulled the driver out of the passenger window and took him to safety, waiting with him for emergency services to arrive.

Receiving his acting supremo award David Hayman, the father of a child, said, “I wouldn’t exactly call myself a hero, I just did what I thought was right. I would like to think that if I found myself in this situation, someone would be there to do the same for me.

Another mind-blowing moment was when police dog Remo, who had his jaw smashed as he took on a vicious thug with his PC partner Paul O’Donnell, was surprised with a special Highly Commended award in the form of a ‘bone.

One of the loudest cheers of the evening went to Make a Difference award winners Jennifer Gill, 36, and Tanya Ross, 41, who raised £ 1million in memory of their sons Oliver and Harris.



Military and Emergency Services Champion John Miller with STV presenter Kelly Ann Woodland
Military and Emergency Services Champion John Miller with STV presenter Kelly Ann Woodland

Benevolent champion Gillian McNab, 51, who refuses to let her Huntington’s disease diagnosis put her down and has raised over £ 14,200 for charity through skydiving and winged walking, guests took their handkerchiefs.

And champion firefighter of military and emergency services John Miller, who found himself in a dark place after his son died and created the Scottish Fire and Rescue’s first formal mental health strategy has left the public speechless. .

Another memorable moment was when the Boots & Beards hiking group, which brings together people from ethnic communities for outdoor fun, accepted their award as Small Faces actor Iain Robertson and when Leah MacRae of River City appeared to give Jean’s Bothy Mental Health Support Project their Community Project of the Year gong.



PC Paul O'Donnell and police dog Remo
PC Paul O’Donnell and police dog Remo

David Dick, editor-in-chief of Reach (Scotland), publisher of The Record, said: “Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They seldom seek attention, but what they do changes and transforms the lives of others – in a simple act or in a lifetime’s work.

“Scotland’s Champions is a celebration of all of their achievements. “

WINNERS OF THE CELEBRITIES OF THE SCOTLAND CHAMPIONS

Midge Ure, 68, Cambuslang



Lifetime Achievement Winner Midge Ure with Sir Tom Hunter
Lifetime Achievement Winner Midge Ure with Sir Tom Hunter

The big-hearted music legend, who has dedicated his life to helping others through his tireless charitable work, has won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Midge’s philanthropic streak began with a bang almost 40 years ago in 1984 when he co-wrote and produced “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with Sir Bob Geldof in response to the famine in Ethiopia.

The single sold 3.7 million copies in the UK – the best-selling single at the time – and led to Live Aid, the 1985 concert that brought together the world’s biggest musical groups. and raised enough money to save more than two million lives in Africa.

Midge, who was born and raised in Cambuslang, is one of life’s humble and humble heroes, who has used his incredible musical talent for good – helping literally save the world one gig at a time.

Nathan Evans, 26, Airdrie



Nathan Evans
Nathan Evans

The sailor song hitmaker, whose song reached No. 1 on the UK charts, was delighted to be named our Entertainment Champion.

The Airdrie boy enjoyed a surprising rise to fame with his track Wellerman, which also reached number one in Germany.

The former postman, who is married to his childhood sweetheart Holly, was able to quit his day job after his Tik Tok sailors chants went viral during the lockdown last year.

As of January 2021, he had eight million views on Tik Tok and 1.3 million followers.

Nathan signed a three-album recording deal with Polydor Records and his second single, Told You So, was released this summer.

Josh Taylor, 30, Prestonpans



Josh taylor
Josh taylor

The Scottish boxing champion is the undisputed welterweight world champion after his sensational victory over home favorite Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Nicknamed “The Tartan Tornado” for his aggressive style, he reached the pinnacle of his sport after covering the difficult route – from apprentice mechanic to undisputed world champion in 12 years.

The sky is the limit for Josh now after becoming the UK’s first four-belt world champion and only the fifth in boxing history.

Before long, he will transition to welterweight as well, with a fight against world champion Terence Crawford on the horizon.

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