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Young Scot Awards include posthumous nomination for fundraising teenager

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West Lothian boy Jak Truman nominated for Young Hero award

A young West Lothian teenager who died following a brave battle with a rare form of cancer had been nominated for a Young Scot hero award.

Fifteen-year-old Jak Trueman was diagnosed with gamma delta T-cell lymphoma in August 2014 and passed away last month.

In the final few months of his life Jak and his family posted regular updates through a Facebook page called Jak’s Journey and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

After floods of nominations from across the country it was revealed this week that Jak has been selected as a finalist in the Young Hero category of the national awards – which are in their 10th year.

Jak’s mum Alison said she was “so very very proud” of her “beautiful boy”.

She added: “We always knew he was a hero but for him to be recognised nationally is just fantastic

“I know my inspirational boy will be smiling down with his huge grin so chuffed.

“I know my inspirational boy will be smiling down with his huge grin, so chuffed.

“I'm a very proud Mum – well done Jak Trueman – simply the best.”

The Young Scot awards take place on Thursday, 30 April in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

Over the night winners in 11 categories will be revealed in a glittering ceremony which is set to be bursting at the seams with stars, celebrities and VIPs.

Previous acts to perform at the Young Scot Awards include Twin Atlantic, Nina Nesbitt, Olly Murs and Elyar Fox.

Louise Macdonald, chief executive of Young Scot, said: “The drive and passion of Scotland’s young people continues to inspire me year after year. Over the last few months we’ve received nominations from people the length and breadth of Scotland, all sharing stories of incredible young Scots making contributions to their communities every single day.

“Huge congratulations to all our young finalists. This year’s awards is set to be the biggest and best celebration of young people that Scotland has ever seen. This will be the 10th annual Young Scot Awards – definitely a chance to mark 10 years of excellence from our nation’s young people.”

To keep up with the latest announcements follow @YoungScoton Twitter and keep an eye on the hashtag #YSAwards15.



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