Allan was one of the founders of the community radio station in 2007 and has volunteered there ever since. The 64-year-old is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to mark their achievements.
Allan is a key member of the station’s management and presents a weekly ‘Community Hour’ show. Thanks to his hard work the radio station now has a thriving volunteer programme which offers a wide range of opportunities for the community, some of whom have gone on to work in professional radio.
As one of the directors Allan volunteers at the station three days a week and has successfully secured grant funding worth tens of thousands of pounds to help keep the project on air and, more recently, kit out a new home for the station.
He said: “I was surprised and delighted to get this award which I see as recognition for community radio stations such as GFM and what they bring to their local area.
“It’s a great thing to be involved with.”
Allan is the 248th winner of the award which was developed in partnership with the Points of Light programme in the USA and was first established by President George H. W. Bush.
Over 5,000 US Points of Light have been awarded and both President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK which honours shining examples of volunteering across the country.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Community radio provides an important service, particularly in rural areas. Allan has led Glastonbury FM to great success broadcasting a wide range of local music, news, views and information.
“The volunteer programme Allan has initiated gives over 70 local people the opportunity to volunteer, learning about everything from programme editing to financial management. I am delighted to name him a Point of Light.”