A Hanwell woman has been named as Britain's kindest person - for taking patients to the pub in her spare time.

Jackie Costello, a care worker at St David's Home, a nursing home in Castlebar Hill, was given the Kindness Day Award on Friday (June 10) by The Diana Award.

The Diana Award is a charity which recognises the work of people changing the lives of others.

Ms Costello, who moved from Ireland to Hanwell 27 years ago, was nominated by Mayfield Primary School and Nursery, High Lane, for her role as the chair of their Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

The Irish national was nominated for her work in volunteering to raise money for the school, to enable children to enjoy the likes of Art Week and Book week.

Her acts of kindness also stretch to taking patients at her hospice to the local pub, in her spare time, to stop them being "fed up" and isolated.

Ms Costello, who has held her position as the PTA chair for nine years, said: "I love doing it because I love the children at the school and it gives the children a chance.

"We hold fates, discos, Art Week, Book Week and Lego workshops.

"I am very proud. I come from a farming background (in Ireland), I was one of eight children, and to come here and get an award is great. I started off with nothing.

"English people are lovely and kind. I take the patient to the pub because he gets fed up if he doesn't get out."

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'The kindest person I've ever known'

Ms Costello also helps to provide speech therapy, at the care home, to patients recovering from a stroke.

Head teacher of Mayfield Primary School and Nursery, Belinda Ewart, said Ms Costello was the kindest person she had ever known.

She added: " We were thrilled and delighted to hear that Jackie Costello, our amazing PTA Chair, won the Diana Kindness Award.

"She embodies the spirit of this award in everything she does.

"I have never known a more kind and generous person.

"She works tirelessly and selflessly, giving her time and energy to make a difference and improve the lives of others.

"She truly is amazing and is so deserving of this great award."

CEO of the Diana Award, Tessy Ojo, added: "We were inundated with nominations.

"I have the huge pleasure of announcing the winner, Jackie Costello, you are Britain's kindest person.

"It was incredible to read about all that you do and it was incredible the people that talked about you.

"Jackie goes over and beyond to make people's lives that little bit better."