Disability advocate awarded Honorary Freewoman of the Borough title

A BARROW resident who has dedicated decades to charity work and helping local people overcome obstacles has been recognised by Barrow Borough Council with its highest honour. 

Margaret Burrow MBE, the honorary CEO of Barrow District Disability Association, is to be made an Honorary Freewoman of the Borough. 

As the founding member of the Barrow and District Council for Disabled, now the Barrow District Disability Association, Margaret has spearheaded a series of major projects. This has included transforming derelict properties into a fully adapted disability centre which is now the hub of many services provided by the Barrow and District Disability Association. 

In honour of the incredible impact that these projects continue to have across Barrow, new appointed Barrow mayor, Councillor Hayley Preston, said it was a privilege to award Margaret with this title. 

Cllr Preston added: “Margaret has gone above and beyond in raising awareness and funds for the disabled community in our society. We should all be extremely proud of what she has achieved. 

“Margaret has inspired so many people along the way, and this award commemorates her fantastic work and selfless dedication over the years.”

Margaret has made outstanding contributions to disabled people, their carers and families and was conferred the Badge of the Order of Mercy in 2006. 

Alongside her charity work, Margaret has also dedicated 16 years as a Governor, with a special interest in disability issues, at Furness College.

In 2002, she was awarded an MBE for outstanding services to the Barrow and District Disability Association and has raised a vast amount of money for the betterment of the town and its people. 

There will be a civic ceremony later in the year to officially mark the event when the certificate will be presented by the Mayor.

The title is an honorary role. It offers no legal status and there is no remuneration linked to the honour.