AN Inverclyde charity champion proved she's 'Scot what it takes' after being nominated for a top award.

Amy Shearer says she's overwhelmed to be a finalist in the Young Scot Awards.

The 20-year-old from Wemyss Bay, who was named as the a Tele community champions last year, said it was a shock to be named as a finalist in the national competition.

Amy said: "It's so out the blue, I didn't expect it.

"I think someone nominated me but I'm not sure who it was."

Amy has been nominated in the community category in recognition of her valuable volunteer work at Ardgowan Hospice and with Friends 4 Ever, a club for children with additional support needs in Greenock.

Back in April, the Tele reported how Amy helped blind teenager Connor Simpson read again after she launched a fundraising campaign to buy him an artificial vision device which attaches onto his glasses and instantly reads text aloud and recognises faces, products and money.

Louise Macdonald, who is the chief executive of Young Scot, said: “2018 has been a massive year for Scotland’s young people and we were inundated with inspiring stories about young Scots across the country.

"Amy’s inspiring story shows how important young people are to Scotland and their incredible contributions to communities in Inverclyde.

"A huge congratulations to all of the 2018 finalists; this year’s awards will be held on St Andrews Day and will be a historic moment for Scotland.

"We can’t wait to celebrate all the finalist’s achievements on the night.”

Amy is now looking forward to the ceremony on November 30 at the Armadillo in Glasgow.