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What NOT winning means to us
Last night, we didn't win Charity of the Year at the Scottish Charity Awards. We didn't collect a trophy or get to make a tearful acceptance speech. And whilst of course we're delighted for all the winners, especially the Scottish SPCA who collected both the People's Choice Award and the Charity of the Year trophy, we couldn't help being a teensy bit disappointed.
But then we got a hold of ourselves.
A reality check: This year, we were shortlisted as one of the top five charities in Scotland. In response, we saw the biggest outpouring of support from our participants, referrers and supporters, of which the following is only a tiny selection:
Fantastic news – congratulations to the whole team – Inspiring Scotland
Couldn't think of a better charity to vote for :) what a massive difference you make to people! Its the least I can do to say thank you x – Laura, participant
I already vote venture trust. I love venture trust – Innocent, participant
Congrats to one of our partners: @venturetrust shortlisted Charity of the Year at #scotcharityawards! – Hilton in the Community
I saw this article below and wanted to pass on my congratulations for being shortlisted for the awards. A big well done from all at RBS to the whole team at Venture Trust – RBS
To be shortlisted for this award - in a year when the SCVO received more nominations than ever before, when demand on charities is bigger than ever, and when we're all having to do more with less - is a phenomenal achievement. As many of our participants know, life doesn't always go exactly the way you wanted it to. At those points, you reflect how far you've come, how much you've achieved already, you put a big smile on your face and you go on - bigger and better and with more determination than ever before.
And if we were preparing that big tearful thank you speech, we'd say thanks to you - for coming here, for keeping up to date with our news, for supporting our achievements and coming along on this journey with us. Our staff, volunteers, supporters - and most of all - our participants: Thank you. We couldn't have done it without you.