Douglas scoops community award

DOUGLAS Green pictured in the Mearns FM studio where he hosts a weekly show.
DOUGLAS Green pictured in the Mearns FM studio where he hosts a weekly show.

A STONEHAVEN schoolboy who helps care for his autistic brother has been announced as the latest recipient of a top community award.

Douglas Green (12), has been named as this year’s winner of the Hannah Dyson Award, which is presented by the Stonehaven and District Community Council to a local youngster for outstanding achievement, excellence or merit.

This is the fifth year of the award, which was named after a popular teenager from Netherley who died in 2005 after a long battle with cystic fibrosis.

Douglas helps care for his 10-year-old brother Patrick, who is autistic and who also suffers from the disease. In addition, the first year Mackie Academy pupil also hits the airwaves once a week with his show Hunky Dory.

He was nominated for the accolade by Mearns FM chairman Ken Venters.

Douglas’ mother, Fiona, said: “I’m very proud of him. He is a huge help with Patrick – Patrick is profoundly disabled, profoundly autistic and also has cystic fibrosis so there is a fair amount of care required.

“Douglas helps with his medication, with his nebuliser, with his physiotherapy – there is a huge level of commitment there. They are a great team.”

She added: “Douglas never complains if we can’t do certain things as a family, he never says it’s not fair – he always takes the view that if we can’t do something today, then we can do it tomorrow. He has never once blamed his brother for his disability and it could be quite easy for him to look for someone to blame.

“Douglas is amazed to get this award – what he does he doesn’t see as being special, he just sees it as day to day life. He said there are probably lots of other people who deserved the award more.”

Ken Venters said: “The reason I nominated Douglas was because of the work he has done with Mearns FM.

“As well as his weekly show from 6pm to 7pm Hunky Dory, Douglas has also helped the station out at the various outside broadcasts they have done during the summer and has been pretty active fundraising at events like the Feein’ Market, the Harbour Festival and Hi-jinks. He plays a very important part in the other activities of Mearns FM.

“Douglas impresses me because he does a lot of preparation for his show, he comes in with typed notes and has thought about the links, thought about the music he’s going to play. He doesn’t pitch up and hope for the best, it is a well-organised and thought-out show.”

Mr Venters added: “The other reason I nominated him was his work at home. His brother Patrick is autistic and has cystic fibrosis and I thought it was a fitting link, because Hannah Dyson passed away suffering from CF.

“Douglas is a very polite young man and is very well-respected throughout the station - a lot of the presenters are very impressed with his level of presenting skills.”

Community Council secretary Alistair Lawrie said: “I find it personally very rewarding to be involved in identifying and celebrating the achievement of young people. I was quite touched and moved by the fact that Douglas is able to spend so much time helping his brother – it is an act of human kindness that many 12-year-olds would find beyond them.”

Douglas, who didn’t know he had been nominated for the award, said he was very surprised to receive the accolade.