RUGBY pensioner Ian Fessey is officially a good neighbour.
The 75-year-old from Hillmorton was highly commended in the Best Neighbour category of the Happy Living Awards, which are run by care and housing provider Anchor.
The resident at Bell Walk, a sheltered scheme run by Anchor, was nominated by six tenants for going the extra mile to help his neighbours.
He was particularly helpful to neighbour William Birkbeck, 85, and his wife.
William said: “Ian Fessey is a real asset to Bell Walk. For the past six months, my wife and I have been so unwell that we could not leave the house.
“Ian has done our shopping and taken us to hospital appointments, all while dealing with his own problems with prostate cancer and eye degeneration. We could not have managed without him – Ian is an absolute star.”
Ian, who has lived at Bell Walk for six years, said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated. It is important to have good neighbours.
“I like to help others, whether it is to be there with a cup of tea for a chat or to help someone with their shopping.”
Over 600 nominations were sent in for the Happy Living Awards which also included categories for silver surfer, best grandparent and carer of the year.