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Austin Cornish's childhood tragedy inspired him to become a tireless fundraiser

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the East of the Anglia region

AUSTIN CORNISH

Austin Cornish from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk was three years old he lost his father in an air disaster in the 1970s.

How people helped his family at that difficult time inspired him to become a tireless campaigner who's raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local good causes.

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Toby Freeman runs a charity set up after his brother's death from a rare form of cancer

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the East of the Anglia region

TOBY FREEMAN

Toby Freeman's brother Robin died of cancer at the age of 24.

He's the chair and leading light in a charity, The Robin Cancer Trust, set up by the family, from Wivenhoe in Essex, to raise awareness of germ cell cancer which usually presents itself as testicular or ovarian cancer.

As well as being a tireless fundraiser he's made videos to help young people check themselves for signs of the disease.

Good fairy Carole Hughes definitely puts the fun in fundraising

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the West of the Anglia region

CAROLE HUGHES

Carole Hughes and her husband Rob from Pilsgate near Peterborough lost their 3-year-old daughter Anna to a cancerous brain tumour in 2006.

They set up Anna's Hope, a charity dedicated to improving the treatment for children and young adults with brain tumours.

Carole's tireless fundraising is often conducted wearing a fairy costume and over the years she's raised nearly £1m.

Matt King re-built his life after a freak sporting accident and now inspires others

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the West of the Anglia region

MATT KING

Matt King from Bedfordshire was 17 when he was paralysed from the neck down in a rugby accident in 2004.

Since then he raised thousands for various charities and is an ambassador for the Variety Club.

He was the first quadriplegic to compete in the New York marathon in 2007. After his accident he completed school and trained as a lawyer. He was awarded an OBE in 2012.

Jacqui Sage-Passant's morale-boosting work for our troops abroad

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the West of the Anglia region

JACQUI SAGE-PASSANT

Jacqui Sage Passant from Bedfordshire started her charity work with opening of a local youth club and organising community events.

She went onto packing up morale packages for the troops serving in war zones abroad.

Jacqui eventually gave up work so she could dedicate herself to fundraising for ABF The Soldiers' Charity.

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Nikki Scott set up a charity to help children of men and women killed serving in the Armed Forces

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the East of the Anglia region

NIKKI SCOTT

Nikki Scott's solider husband was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009 leaving her with two young children.

Nikki, from King's Lynn in Norfolk, set up a charity called Scotty's Little Soldiers which supports children of men and women killed while serving in the British armed forces.

It's raised more than £1m and helped 100 bereaved children.

Double family tragedy inspired Danny Sweatman to raise thousands of meningitis research

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the East of the Anglia region

DANNY SWEATMAN

Danny from Norfolk has lost two brothers to meningitis and the family is dedicated to raising funds for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

He's run the London marathon, done naked sky dives and arranged a charity football match at Norwich City's Carrow Road ground. They've raised nearly £100,000.

Ed Williams takes swimming for charity to extreme lengths

Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award finalist for the West of the Anglia region

ED WILLIAMS

Ed Williams from Cambridgeshire loves swimming and has turned his passion into a prolific fundraising tool by swimming Lake Windermere and the English Channel for charity.

He's raised £70,000 and is now preparing to swim the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland.

We wants to complete the Ocean Seven - a series of the most difficult open-water swims around the world.

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