The Annie Dow Heroism Award  (TADHA) is a new award that has been established to recognise and celebrate true acts of heroism amongst young people (up to the age of 30) with additional support needs living in Scotland.

TADHA is inspired by Annie Dow, a young woman who has additional support needs, who saved the lives of her mother, father, family friend and her dog Hamish when she calmly raised the alarm after discovering a fire (in the middle of the night) which destroyed their family home.  TADHA has been made possible by an anonymous donor who gifted £20,000 to set up TADHA. The donor, who formerly served in HM Armed Forces, has a combination of training and experience which enables him to understand and appreciate how people react under pressure.

A prize of £2,500 will be awarded to the TADHA winning hero. The two runners up will receive a cheque for £500 each. However, everyone who is nominated for a TADHA is already a hero.

The official launch of TADHA will take place on Thursday 9th October, 2 – 4pm at Summerhall, Edinburgh. Applications are welcome between 9th October – 31st January 2015. The Judging Panel meet in February to decide who our first TADHA hero will be and a big award ceremony
(think Oscars, but perhaps a little less grand) will follow in March 2015 here in Edinburgh.

Summerhall, the former Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh now a creative hub for the arts with studio and workshop spaces.

"It is so important that we recognise that everyone has a role to play in Keeping People Safe, and TADHA will ensure that we recognise and celebrate the heroism of young men and women with support needs who have done just that."

  Rose Fitzpatrick, Deputy Chief Constable, Police Scotland