Inspiration Awards 2017

MAD Challenges co-founder Meredith accepting the award from Sir Gerry Grimstone.

In case you missed it, two weeks ago we were absolutely thrilled to win the Community Volunteering Award at this year’s Standard Life Aberdeen’s Inspiration Awards!

This event recognises people’s commitment and passion for making a difference. The Community Volunteering Award is given to either a person or team who has been inspirational by volunteering with either charities or community groups, where the donation of time and skills has had a meaningful and long lasting impact.

Held at the beautiful Mansfield Traquair, it was an incredible evening celebrating the unique and significant contributions people make to both the local community in Edinburgh, and globally. Being outdoors and connecting with people about sustainability are things we get pretty excited about, and we love to hear what makes other people get up in the morning, and about the causes close to their heart. So we’d like to say a huge congratulations goes to everyone else who was shortlisted in the Community Volunteering category!

All of this year’s inspirational winners

Each of their stories were inspirational in their own way – from setting up Scout clubs, to making martial arts and exercise accessible for people with disabilities. Throughout the night we had the chance to hear from other inspirational winners in the areas of fundraising, leadership, and innovation.

In addition to a very snazzy trophy, we also received £3,000 to donate to a charity of our choosing and are delighted to announce that this money will be given to the 2050 Climate Group!

The 2050 Climate Group is an important charity for many of our MAD Challenges team. Their Young Leaders Development Programme aims to develop climate awareness and leadership skills amongst young professionals working across the Scottish public, private and third sectors. MAD Challenges Co-Founders Dave and Meredith met on the YLDP during its pilot year where they first shared their big, blue sky dreams on how to communicate sustainability and their joint love for the outdoors.

Since graduating from the YLDP in September 2016, Dave, Meredith and others have been on a journey to turn their learning and plans into action, in order to create a positive and sustainable difference across Scotland. To help facilitate Scotland’s transformation to a low carbon nation, we are trying to bring new people into the sustainability debate and empower people to understand the positive difference they all have the potential to make. We feel the MAD Challenges vision complements the work and strategy of the 2050 Climate Group and know this donation will go towards inspiring other people’s visions for change.

All of us at the 2050 Climate Group congratulate Meredith on her well-deserved award for all the amazing work she has put in over the last year or so. As a graduate of our inaugural Young Leaders Development Programme last year and now an important part of our volunteer team she has impressed us with all her passion and hard word.

We are delighted to receive MAD Challenges’ donation and are confident it will help many new low carbon projects thrive. At the 2050 Climate Group we are lucky enough to work with some inspirational young people from across Scotland and we know that by bringing them together and giving them the skills, knowledge and opportunities they need, we can make Scotland’s low carbon ambitions a reality.

– Richard Dryburgh, Chair of 2050 Climate Group

All photographs courtesy of Standard Life Aberdeen plc.

The 2050 Climate Group is Scotland’s youth climate group and aims to lead a social movement by engaging, educating and empowering Scotland’s Future Leaders to take action on climate change. The group is a collection of young professionals across Scotland who all share a commitment to climate change mitigation and adaption and accelerating Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy.