by Heather Greenaway -
Brother and sister Daniel and Abby Strang are inseparable – he is her hero and she is his.
The siblings, from Bathgate, West Lothian, share a very special bond.
Daniel, 24, has Down syndrome and, since she was born, Abby, 16, has been his best friend and constant companion.
As a child, the Bathgate Academy pupil accompanied her brother to all his clubs – and now she is helping to run them.
Abby, who says Daniel is her inspiration, volunteers at the Bathgate Fabb Club, Mime Productions West Lothian and the Ups And Downs Theatre Group in Motherwell.
The teenager, who hopes to become a music therapist when she leaves school, wants to show the world the amazing gifts people with special needs have to offer. Her inspirational dedication to working with folk with physical and learning disabilities has earned her a Young Scot Award nomination for volunteering.
The fifth-year pupil, who has completed hundreds of hours of voluntary work over the past three years, says her brother has made her the person she is today.
Abby said: “Daniel is always happy to see you and has a great sense of humour. He’s unique – that’s what makes him special.
“He has inspired me to do as much as I can for young people with disabilities.
“My older sister Kirsty and I started going to Daniel’s clubs when we were kids but, as I made more friends, I knew when I was old enough I would stay on as a volunteer.