Volunteers Week will be remembered for a long time by Western Isles Weather’s Richard Cooke, who was surprised today (Tuesday June 4th) with an award for his dedication to volunteering.

The Volunteering Centre Western Isles (VCWI) caught the popular weatherman by surprise, when they presented him with the Clisham award – an award for adult volunteers developed to recognise an outstanding volunteering contribution for long-term commitment.

Richard is the brains behind the Facebook page Western Isles Weather, which offers a tailored local weather prediction and recording service for islanders and off-island followers. Spiced up with video forecasts, weather photos and statistics on weather events, the page now has almost 17,500 followers.

In addition to his work as a Coastguard operations officer at Stornoway, Richard recently returned from a storm-chasing trip to the USA. He immediately picked up his programme of talks, with a presentation to Point Beavers, Cubs and Brownies on Monday (June 3rd).

The Clisham award was presented to him during a talk this morning at Kinloch Historical Society and recognises his dedication to delivering talks on the weather to schools and community groups of all kinds.

Richard said this afternoon: “Still totally speechless and humbled about this. At a weather talk today I was presented with the Clisham Award for an outstanding volunteering commitment, from the Volunteer Centre. This was for all the weather talks I have given as part of Western Isles Weather to local schools and groups.”

Picture shows Richard with his award this morning at Kinloch Historical Society. (Richard Cooke).