VIDEO: Kind-hearted Rugby man wins Best Neighbour award while battling cancer

Ian Fessey’s willingness to go the extra mile when it comes to helping his neighbours has earned him a special award.

The 75-year-old, who lives in Bell Walk, was nominated for England’s largest not-for-profit housing provider Anchor’s Happy Living Awards in the Best Neighbour category.

Ian Fessey

Ian Fessey

One of more than 600 nominations, the Rugby tenant was ‘highly commended’.

The awards were launched last year and feature six categories - Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Silver Surfer, Best Grandparent, Community Champion and Carer of the Year.

Ian, who has lived at Bell Walk for six years, was thrilled with the commendation. He 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.”

His neighbour William Birkbeck, 85, thinks Ian is an ‘absolute star’.

He 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.”

A customer panel came together before Christmas to judge those nominated, and winners of the six categories were announced at the end of January.