March 13th saw the production company Leek and Potato film the Scottish Veterans Awards amazing shortlisted finalists from within the iconic and historic Edinburgh Castle, sponsored by Gone Solar.

This was a FREE to attend day where all the Finalists were invited to Edinburgh Castle to metwork with other finalists, sponsors and supporters, receive their certificates and film their background stories to promote the amazing things they are doing.

The Veterans Awards are a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the positives from the Veteran community and those organisations that support us. It’s been put together by Veterans for Veterans in what has become our home nations national awards with three separate award ceremonies taking place in England, Scotland and Wales.

Any money above and beyond costs is then distributed via a small grants scheme to smaller CICs and charities who work at grass routes level within the veterans community and have a turnover of under 100k per annum.

In the UK we have a huge number of highly successful Armed Forces Veterans that have made the transition from military to civilian life – we want to reward those who have gone above and beyond and excelled in their relevant fields. We want to find the people who, during the most difficult periods, have excelled!

We hope that the individuals/organisations who are shortlisted for our awards can tell their stories and act as role models for future service leavers. We plan to make a series of short videos form our shortlisted finalists, giving tips and advice to help other service leavers, in the hope that making the transition from military to civilian life becomes a little bit easier.

It was a true honour for our team to meet the shortlisted Finalists for the Scottish Veterans Awards in support of the Army Benevolent Fund Scotland. During the morning they were issued with their finalist certificates by our sponsors and judges: Jack Dickinson (Hugh James) John Gillie (Army Benevolent Fund), Emma Davies (Joint Force Alba), Mark Laird (Lairds), Danny Gemmell and Martin Carmichael (Be-Inn Unity), Shelly Bamford (Strongmind), Dougie Morgan (Fighting with Pride), Claire Sally (Forces Employment Charity).

Our team can’t wait to share their inspirational journeys on the evening itself, April 24th at the 5 Star Prestonfield House

Huge thanks go to the amazing team at Edinburgh Castle and Army Benevolent Fund Scotland for facilitating the filming and the fantastic production company Leek and Potato Productions. A special thank you goes to Major General Alastair Bruce, Governor of Edinburgh Castle, for coming down and saying some motivational words to our finalists, and Mark McKenzie of BFBS Scotland for covering the day.

Meet the shortlisted Finalists for the Scottish Veterans Awards 2024 here.