AN inspirational Inverclyde ‘superhero’ who raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity before she tragically passed away at the end of last year received the Tele Community Champions Special Recognition award at last week’s Greenock Community Champion Awards sponsored by Inverclyde Council, Platinum Paving and RCH Group.

Carol Mountain was honoured for her dedication and commitment to people all over Inverclyde in her role as community champion at Morrisons in Greenock, a job she had for more than 20 years.

Carol passed away in December 2022 at the age of just 58, leaving her family and friends devastated.

During her life, she helped charities including Clic Sargent, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Poppy Scotland, Marie Curie, the Red Cross, Action Kidney Cancer and many more.

Foodbanks, animal shelters, schools and nurseries across Inverclyde all benefited from Carol’s endeavours.

The determined lady helped with food donations and deliveries during covid and was one of the leading lights in the pandemic response in Inverclyde.

Introducing the award, Greenock Telegraph editor David Goodwin said the honour was a ‘very special award for a very special lady’.

David added: “Carol was hailed as a ‘superhero’ by many, many people.

“She forged close links with community organisations all over Inverclyde and dedicated her life to helping others.

“As her sister Linda says, Carol was full of love and light and was one in a million, and the lives of everyone who knew and loved her will never be the same without her.

“Carol’s legacy of devoting her life to helping others lives on, and tonight we recognise everything she achieved in her lifetime.”

Carol’s sisters Linda Johnstone and Janet McMahon accepted the award.

Linda said: “Carol brought happiness to everyone she knew and brought so much care to the people of Inverclyde.

“Carol did what she did best and she loved it.

“She was a true superstar and her work was effortless.

“She didn’t do her job for recognition, she did it because of the type of person she was.

“She got so much joy from helping people and seeing people happy.

“She wouldn’t have believed for a minute that this award was for her.

“It means the world to us as a family.

“We want to thank the Tele so much for this award. It means so much.”