by Orbit Communications    

TADHA trophy

The search for the first ever winner of the recently established The Annie Dow Heroism Award – TADHA for short, which celebrate acts of heroism by young people with additional support needs in Scotland, will close to nominations on Saturday 31st January.

The winner of the inaugural award will be announced at a celebratory awards ceremony at Edinburgh’s Summerhall on Thursday 19th March and will receive a cash prize of £2,500. Two runners up will each also receive a cash prize of £500.

Officially launched in October 2014, TADHA takes its inspiration from Annie Dow, a young woman who has additional support needs, who saved the lives of her mother, father, family friend and dog Hamish when she bravely raised the alarm after discovering a fire in the middle of the night which destroyed her home.

TADHA founder and mother of Annie, Sophie Dow is urging anyone who knows of any young person that might be eligible to receive TADHA recognition to put them forward for consideration:

“If you have any questions about nominating someone, please just get in touch! We are looking to hear about heroic acts from those with additional support needs, but will also consider inspirational acts as well.

“With TADHA we have a real opportunity to recognise and highlight the often unsung heroes in our society. We need your help to make sure that we hear about those acts, however big or small they might be.”

Made possible by an anonymous donor who gifted £20,000 to recognise Annie’s heroism and that of other young people with additional support needs in Scotland, the TADHA awards will be judged by a prestigious panel made up of: Rose Fitzpatrick, Deputy Chief Constable, Police Scotland, Lieutenant Colonel Rob Heatly, MBE Royal Marines, Anne Houston, Former Chief Executive of Children First, Peter Murray, Assistant Chief Officer, Scotland Fire and Rescue Services, Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive Young Scot and Aaron McHale, Young Campaigner and Haggeye Member.

Sophie continued:

“Setting up TADHA is one of the most important and joyful things I have done throughout my career. TADHA will highlight the abilities, rather than the inabilities, that anyone with additional support needs have.

“After all, the true definition of a hero is someone who can stay calm under pressure, in a crisis or an emergency, knows what to do and does it well without panicking.

“There are no accidental heroes.”


For further information please contact Lynsey Ross at Orbit Communications on 0131 603 8996 or email:

Notes to editors
1. Nomination forms and guidelines can be downloaded from

2. Tickets for the awards ceremony are available to buy and sold as tables of 10 priced at £150. For further information please contact