AN island radio presenter fell and broke her arm on a treacherous ice-covered pavement on the way to do her early-morning show.
Despite her agonising injuries, gallant Kathleen Maciver limped to the station, went on the air and stayed at the microphone for hours relaying vital local information until she was relieved by another DJ to get checked out in hospital. Doctors have confirmed she broke her elbow bone and must rest for a few weeks. The accident happened at 5.30am today (Monday) as Kathleen walked to Isles FM, the community radio station in Stornoway. “Conditions were dreadful down between Inaclete Road and Newton Street. After I fell, I couldn’t get up again. It was too slippery. I had to crawl to the edge of the pavement to get a grip and get to my feet. “At first, I thought it was my leg. But when I started moving I realised I had badly hurt my arm too.” After hobbling to the station on Newton Street, Kathleen, who is one of the station’s team of volunteer broadcasters, then prepared the breakfast show Duisg (Gaelic for Wake Up) and went on-air at 7.30am as usual. She did not even mention her injuries and listeners had no idea anything was wrong. “I tried to continue as normal with my sore arm resting on the desk. I was speaking through gritted teeth. I managed with a few gaps,” she said. Eventually, fellow volunteer Lionel Sewell arrived and took over the rest of the show until 10am so Kathleen, who by then was in severe pain, could go to Western Isles Hospital to get checked out by doctors. “They found I had broken the bone in my elbow. It is still agony and it is very inconvenient because I have told I must now rest for a few weeks.” Isles FM managing director David Morrison said: “Kathleen is one of our longest-serving volunteers in the 12 years since we began full-time. We all know how absolutely dedicated she is to making sure local people get the news and other urgent information, particularly at this time of year.” He told how the tiny station had already been recognised for its role in keeping islanders informed about weather disruption, school closures and travel problems, all of which are of crucial importance on an island. “That is purely down to volunteers like Kathleen and their attitude that the show must go on. That she still went in to do the breakfast show with a broken arm says a great deal about Kathleen. Not many people would have done that. Her dedication is above and beyond what we expect of any volunteer. The state of the pavements in Stornoway was absolutely horrific.”