Family pay tribute to 'wonderful' care home worker Catherine Sweeney who died after contracting coronavirus

April Roach
Catherine Sweeney, a Scottish care home worker, has died: Colette Sweeney

A care worker who spent her life "serving the needs of the most vulnerable in society" has died after contracting coronavirus.

Catherine Sweeney died on Saturday after being cared for at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, Scotland.

In a statement released through the GMB union, her family said she was a “wonderful mother, sister, and beloved aunty”.

Her family thanked the “doctors and nurses who heroically looked after her in her final days”.

The statement said: “Catherine was well known, and well respected within the community of Dumbarton, where she was born and raised.

“She was a caring and generous person, especially when it came to her time, having dedicated over 20 years of her life as a Home Carer to unfailingly serving the needs of the most vulnerable in society.

“After a lifetime of service to the community, we know she will be sorely missed, not just by her loving family, but by many others for her incredible warmth, care, and dedication. A whole community shares in our grief.”

The news comes as Scotland's death toll rose by two to 222.

Speaking at her daily press conference, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said a total of 3,961 people have contracted the virus, 1,599 patients are in hospital of which 199 are in intensive care.

The family has set up a justgiving page to raise funds in memory of Ms Sweeney.

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