Jake is Young Citizen of Year

Jake Douglas
Jake Douglas

A CUPAR teenager who parted with his shoulder-length hair for charity has been chosen as the town’s Young Citizen of the Year.

Jake Douglas (13) raised nearly £600 for Cancer Research and the Howe of Fife Rugby Club by agreeing to have his beloved locks shaved off during the summer.

He has been rewarded for his efforts with the prestigious annual award, organised by Cupar Community Council.

Jake, an S2 pupil at Bell Baxter High School, started growing his hair four years ago but fancied a change and decided to help out some good causes at the same time.

He chose Cancer Research after learning his grandmother had died from the disease before he was born.

Jake is also a keen rugby player so decided to give half the money raised to his home club, Howe of Fife, where he has played since the age of seven at mini and midi level.

His nickname at the club is ‘Hair’, for obvious reasons, and it was a standing joke at training sessions that when Jake turned up all the boys would be given 10 press-ups as punishment for the length of their teammate’s locks.

Jake — who would like to be a doctor when he is older — lives in South Road with mum Janet, dad Gordon, big brother Robert and younger sister Laura.

Along with his siblings, Jake was a big help to his mum while she was studying for a nursing degree at Dundee University recently.

Gordon and Janet said: “We are very proud of his efforts and glad we don’t have to nag him every day to brush his hair properly!”

As part of his award, Jake helped switch on Cupar’s Christmas lights at yesterday’s (Thursday) extravaganza.