Rotarian honoured for his work for dementia sufferers

Duns Rotarian Grant Stephen receiving his Rotary International in Great Britain and Irelands Champions of Change award at the House of Lords
Duns Rotarian Grant Stephen receiving his Rotary International in Great Britain and Irelands Champions of Change award at the House of Lords

Duns Rotary Club member Grant Stephen has been honoured by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland for his work to help his local community.

Grant was given one of the organisation’s Champions of Change awards for the work he has done in raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Scotland and his role in Duns being recognised as a dementia-friendly town.

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP Calum Kerr accompanied Grant as he joined other hitherto-unsung Rotary Club heroes at a ceremony hosted by Baron Inglewood at the House of Lords.

Lord Inglewood, alias Richard Fletcher-Vane an honorary member of Penrith Rotary Club, described the event as a “great initiative in promoting the values of Rotary not only among our lords and leaders but also within the Rotary world”.

Civil society minister Rob Wilson presented the awards, saying: “We need more organisations like Rotary driving change and reform.”

Nominations for the awards were invited from across Rotary’s 26 districts, taking in 1,00 clubs and 50,000 members.

Peter Davey, president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, said: “We are celebrating the achievements of our awardees, but they are the tip of the iceberg.

“Grant’s work is invaluable in helping those affected by dementia, and he is a very worthwhile recipient of one of this year’s awards.”