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Mother who set up a charity after her child choked wins national award

A mother who set up a charity after her daughter choked has won a national award.

Joanne Thompson successfully fought for compulsory first aid training for nursery and pre-school staff.

Meanwhile the Granada Pride of Britain winner Karen Johnson is in the running for the national fundraiser award.

Karen Johnson wins Pride of Granada 2015

Karen Johnson has been crowned the Pride of Granada.

Both of Karen’s sons died from the rare genetic disorder Hunter’s Syndrome, less than 18 months apart.

Karen Johnson Credit: ITV Granada

She began fundraising for research into genetic disorders, and continued despite her third child being diagnosed with Leukaemia.

More: Pride of Britain North West finalist Karen Johnson

Karen’s charity the Gem Appeal has raised £2.6million for both research and treatment machines at Manchester Children’s Hospital.

She will go on to represent the North West in the Fundraiser category at the star-studded Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards in London.

Click below to see the moment Granada Reports presenter Tony Morris told her the news:

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Judges choose their Pride of Granada 2015 winner

Four amazing fundraisers have been shortlisted for our Pride of Granada award.

The winner will go on to represent the North West in the Fundraiser category at the star-studded Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards in London.

After much deliberation a special panel of judges have made a decision and chosen a winner, here's what happened:

Pride of Britain: Judging panel selects the winner

Four amazing fundraisers have been shortlisted for our Pride of Granada award.

The winner will go on to represent the North West in the Fundraiser category at the star-studded Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards in London.

(L-R) Tony Morris, Lucy West, Anthony Crolla, Rowetta, Manali Luka and Andrew Rigby on this year's judging panel Credit: ITV Granada

After much deliberation a special panel of judges have made a decision and chosen a winner.

Hear what they had to say about the nominees:

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Pride of Britain North West finalist: Ben Ashworth

Four brilliant fundraisers have been shortlisted for our Pride of Granada award. The winner will go on to represent the North West in the Fundraiser category at the star-studded Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards in London.

When Ben was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer at the age of 33 he was determined to pursue his dream of running a marathon.

He went on to run six marathons in six months, while undergoing his chemotherapy treatment.

He has now reached 17 marathons in 17 months, raising more than £30,000 for cancer charities and awareness of bowel cancer.

He is currently taking part in the Three Peaks cycle challenge and preparing for the endurance challenge Tough Mudder.

To find out more about Ben's fundraising visit bensbowelmovements.com

Pride of Britain North West finalist: Tom Cassell

Four fantastic fundraisers have been shortlisted for our Pride of Granada award.

The winner will go on to represent the North West in the Fundraiser category at the star-studded Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards in London.

Tom, also known as Syndicate, is a YouTube blogger who made a name for himself playing video games online.

After his grandmother was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease he began his fundraising challenges to raise money and awareness.

The 22-year-old has raised more than £160,000 for the MND association and has inspired thousands of his followers to raise money for charity.

To find out more about more about Tom’s fundraising visit his YouTube channel.

Pride of Britain North West finalist: Karen Johnson

Four amazing fundraisers have been shortlisted for our Pride of Granada award. The winner will go on to represent the North West in the Fundraiser category at the star-studded Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards in London.

Both of Karen’s sons died from the rare genetic disorder Hunter’s Syndrome, less than 18 months apart.

She began fundraising for research into genetic disorders, and continued despite her third child being diagnosed with Leukaemia.

Karen’s charity the Gem Appeal has raised £2.6million for both research and treatment machines at Manchester Children’s Hospital.

To find out more about more about Karen’s fundraising visit gemappeal.org.uk

Pride of Britain North West finalist: Bryn Hughes

Four fantastic fundraisers have been shortlisted for our Pride of Granada award. The winner will go on to represent the North West in the Fundraiser category at the star-studded Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards in London.

After his daughter PC Nicola Hughes was killed in 2012 by murderer Dale Cregan, Bryn Hughes has been raising money for Victim Support, Police Benevolent fund and the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund.

He has taken part in endurance challenges such as the North Pole marathon and has held numerous annual events, which have so far raised more than £300,000.

To find out more about more about Bryn’s fundraising visit pcnicolahughesmemorialfund.co.uk

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