A Stonehaven teenager will run with the Olympic Torch next week after being nominated for the care and support he has given his brother over the years. Douglas Green (13) has helped endlessly with the care of his younger brother Patrick (12) who is profoundly autistic and has cystic fibrosis.
Douglas, a third year Mackie Academy pupil, was nominated for the award by a family friend who had recognised his caring nature and saw the effort Douglas put into looking after his younger brother. Douglas helps with Patrick’s physiotherapy and makes it more fun for him. He cares for Patrick within every aspect of his life from helping to feed him to reminding him to take his medication as well as many other day to day activities that Patrick is unable to do on his own.
Douglas has not only cared for his younger brother and supported him over the years, he has also fundraised to help other people with similar conditions. He’s raised money for several areas in the hospital and even sold many of his old toys on an auction website to raise money for charity. Douglas is very modest and doesn’t like to tell people about his fundraising or the amount of money raised. He says the reason he does it is not so he can tell people about how much he’s made but so he can help and improve the work that is being done to help people in situations like his brother.
Douglas is not only busy caring for his younger brother and getting excited about his torch bearing. He also is a presenter at radio station Mearns FM and is a keen snowboarder. When he found out he had been picked to carry the torch out of almost 30,000 nominations Douglas was very excited and plans to keep his torch as a souvenir alongside his Blue Peter badge. He will run with the torch on the evening of Monday 11 June in Banchory where Patrick, alongside many of his friends, family members, and teachers will be watching.