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Well done Darren! SVR wins silver at Scottish Veterans Awards

What a night at the 2024 Scottish Veterans Awards at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh! So many inspirational people, organisations and stories to marvel at, and Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR) were proud to be there to celebrate the achievements and impact of Veterans across the country.

Congratulations to our very own Darren Morgan, who collected Silver in the Health and Wellbeing Category, fittingly sponsored by last year's winners Be-inn Unity. Former Royal Marines PTI Darren, who is SVR's Join in Live Well Officer, was nominated for his outstanding work providing activities for our residents in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Walking, skiing, cycling, golf, fishing, residential trips, gym work: you name it, Darren does it!

SVR would like to congratulate Veterans Garden Dumfries for winning in our category, all the other finalists, and a special shout out to Calum MacLeod, co-founder of Who Dares Cares, who swept the board with a number of awards - including the Veterans Awards Champion prize.


Veterans Awards Champion

Calum MacLeod (pictured)

Role Model of the Year- Sponsored by Print Inc 

  • Gold : Archie Dryburgh
  • Silver : Rod Cavanagh
  • Bronze : Stacy Quinn

Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by Eyes Front Magazine 

  • Gold : Scott Meenagh
  • Silver : Calum MacLeod
  • Bronze : Louise Worrall

The Community Award – Sponsored by Forces Employment Charity 

  • Gold : Calum MacLeod
  • Silver : Laura Simpson
  • Bronze : Alan Deans

Charity Sector Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Prestonfield house

  • Gold : Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company
  • Silver : Wings for Warriors
  • Bronze : Sight Scotland & Sight Scotland Veterans

Health & Well-being Award – Sponsored by Be-inn Unity

  • Gold : The Veterans Garden Dumfries
  • Silver : Scottish Veterans Residences
  • Bronze : Operation Cairngorms CIC

Leader of the year – Sponsored by Strongmind Resiliency Training 

  • Gold : Chris Shaw
  • Silver : Craig Murney
  • Bronze : Christopher Buet
  • Bronze : Michael Mcmillan

Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James

  • Gold : Jamie Kettyles
  • Silver : Andrew Patterson
  • Bronze : Gregg Matthew

Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Joint Force Alba

  • Gold : NHS Golden Jubilee
  • Silver : Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Silver : Lothian Buses
  • Bronze : Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS)

Veteran Owned Business of the Year- Sponsored by Lairds AV

  • Gold : Hold Fast Elite Ltd
  • Silver : Wilkins Chimney Sweep Lanarkshire
  • Bronze : Forces Manor

Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Serica Energy

  • Gold : Calum MacLeod
  • Silver : Robert Conquer
  • Bronze : John Paul Stothard
  • Bronze : Ian Inglis

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Gone Solar 

  • Gold : Martin Bell
  • Silver : Steve Erskine
  • Bronze : Mick Flaherty

Reservist of the Year Award – Sponsored by Pathfinder Magazine

  • Gold : Christian Jetuah
  • Silver : John Kane
  • Bronze : Euan Smith

Veterans Group of the Year – Sponsored by The Army Benevolent Fund 

  • Gold : Military Museum Scotland SCIO
  • Silver : Lothians Veterans Centre
  • Bronze : Gen Dit Network
  • Bronze : Royal Marine Riders Association North

You can read more about the Awards Night on the 'Winners' blog' on the Scottish Veterans Awards website.