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Could Lucy be the UK’s charity champion?

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​MND Scotland fundraiser could be ultimate charity champion

Charity hero Lucy Lintott has been shortlisted to become the UK face of #givingtuesday – the global day of giving.

She is one of ten candidates shortlisted from across the country vying to be named the ultimate charity champion.

The winner – set to be revealed at the start of November - will help front this year’s campaign.

They will play a leading role in inspiring people across the UK to do something good on #givingtuesday.

It's moments like these that motivate me to keep fighting and fundraising for MND Scotland

#givingtuesday will take place on Tuesday, 29 November. The international campaign, led in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), encourages people to ‘do good stuff’ for causes they care about following the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Last year it broke a Guinness World Record for the most online donations in 24 hours and was the top trending item on Twitter, with support from celebrities including JK Rowling, Lily Allen and Gary Lineker.

Lucy Lintott (22), from Moray, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2013 at the age of just 19.

She is the youngest person in Scotland living with the progressively disabling, untreatable, and incurable disease.

Despite receiving a devastating diagnosis at a tragically young age she has never given up, but lives her own life to the full while working to raise awareness and funds to make life better for others with MND.

Lucy has to date raised over a phenomenal £100,000 for MND Scotland; a massive achievement driven by focus, grit and determination considering both her age and the way her condition is progressing.

She also won the people’s choice honour at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards.

Lucy said: “It's an absolute honour to be nominated for #givingtuesday's champion! It's moments like these that motivate me to keep fighting and fundraising for MND Scotland.”

Hannah Terrey, head of policy and campaigns at CAF, said: “#givingtuesday is a huge celebration of doing good and a chance to shine a light on the fantastic work that charities do across the UK and around the world.

“The shortlisted candidates are all brilliant examples of what #givingtuesday is all about. Their extraordinary commitment to supporting good causes is something which can inspire others to do the same.”

As well as being the UK face of the campaign, the #givingtuesday champion will receive a donation to a charity of their choice and will be rewarded with a hot air balloon ride, one of Lucy’s bucket list items, over the UK countryside.