A BARROW councillor said he felt ‘overwhelmed’ after receiving recognition for his dedication to the community for his work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Councillor Iain Mooney received High Sheriff Special Recognition Award for services to the community during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

He is not only an elected representative of the Parkside area and spokesman for health and wellbeing on Barrow Borough Council, he is also a registered nurse.

Mr Mooney had to fight the virus, not just care for the people he treated at Furness General Hospital.

“I’m overwhelmed and proud to have been nominated,” he said.

“Especially after such a difficult time dealing with Covid-19 myself and looking after many in our area as a nurse.

“The community response has been fantastic and we as a council have worked hard to make sure our residents have been cared for.

“It’s an honour to be nominated alongside some great community champions across the county.”

This award was launched last month by the High Sheriff of Cumbria Julie Barton during national volunteer week.

Thi was the statement given to Mr Mooney for his efforts: “You were nominated for the excellent support you have given to the local community in Barrow-in-Furness.

“You have worked tirelessly both as an NHS nurse and as a volunteer. You have supported the local foodbank, including generating donations. You have also delivered key information leaflets and shopping in the community.

“You have helped to ensure that those who are vulnerable have received the reassurance and support they need.

"You have made such a positive difference to the lives of many people.”

Anyone can nominate a volunteer or voluntary group or individual they feel deserves their amazing acts of kindness and generosity to be uniquely acknowledged and thanked.

The nomination form is available on the High Sheriff’s website.