A Barrow councillor has commended a Dalton pub landlord for his impressive charity work.

Dalton South councillor, Steve Nott, praised Paul Kell, landlord at the Newton Arms, after donating £700 to Furness Homeless Support Group.

Mr Kell had raised the money by holding a birthday fundraiser and has revealed he is delighted with the amount of donations.

A cheque of £330 was paid to the charity on Monday, with £370 donated online.

Cllr Nott has now highlighted Mr Kell's generosity.

He said: “It really is a fantastic gesture from Paul Kell.

"It's been a tough year for all those in the pub trade and the Newton, when allowed to, has really tried to encourage the community to visit by holding various events and showcasing local bands as they always have.

“This gesture is no surprise in some respects, as Paul and the Newton Arms always do their bit for charity and as with all local pubs I'd urge people to

support them if they are able to but of course do so whilst respecting the current restrictions.”

The Mail: COUNCILLORS: Steve Nott (left) alongside Wendy Maddox and Shaun Blezard.COUNCILLORS: Steve Nott (left) alongside Wendy Maddox and Shaun Blezard.

The Labour councillor continued by underlining how much this donation will benefit Furness Homeless Support Group.

Furthermore, he is impressed by the work that many businesses in the area, such as the Newton Arms, have done during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said: “The community spirit, selflessness and generosity shown by local businesses during this pandemic has been wonderful to see.

“The money is much needed by the group and will be greatly appreciated.

“It's very sad people are living homeless in 2020 Britain and of course the way the figures have rocketed in recent years is solely down to years of Tory


This is not the first time that Mr Kell has showed his humanitarian spirit.

In the lead up to the festive period, Mr Kell had designed Christmas cards, with all the profits being donated to Furness Homeless Support Group.

After receiving recommendations from friends and customers, Mr Kell reached out to a printing studio on Barrow Island, where the pub's Facebook cover photo was printed on Christmas cards.

The Christmas cards resulted in a huge success, with Barrovians across the globe ordering the popular item.