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ITV Local Hero finalist - Pat Gardner

For more than 3 decades Pat Gardner has been a friend, a confident and an inspiration to thousands of families in Greenwich.

When her son was born with cerebral palsy she knew she wanted to help families living with disabilities.

What started in her living room has now become a lifeline service - all paid for by fund-raising.

It's an amazing achievement and the reason she's been nominated as an ITV Local Hero at his year's Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards.

Ria Chatterjee has her story.

ITV Local Hero finalist - Eleanor Botwright

A few months ago we asked you to nominate people worthy of the ITV Local Hero award for their work in London's communities. The winner will go to the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards next month.

Today we meet Eleanor Botwright who over the last 40 years has raised an £12 million to build Community Centres across London.

Eleanor Botwright
Eleanor Botwright Credit: ITV News

Among them is the Castlehaven Community Centre in north London which has developed into a four acre site. It offers writing classes, music production, careers guidance - but more than anything Eleanor says it brings people together.

Since opening its doors, the centre has helped tens of thousands of people
Since opening its doors, the centre has helped tens of thousands of people Credit: ITV News

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ITV Local Hero finalist - Christina Burnett

In the next few weeks the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards will help celebrate the people who really do make a difference.

Earlier this year we asked for your help to find a winner of the ITV Local Hero award - a special person who works tirelessly in their community.

This week we'll be meeting the finalists, and first up is Christina Burnett.

She dedicates her time to helping elderly and vulnerable people in Lambeth enrich their lives by getting to grips with modern technology.

Ria Chatterjee went to see her in action.

The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards

The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards help celebrate the people who make a difference. Earlier this year we asked for your help to find a winner of the ITV Local Hero award, a special person who works tirelessly in their community. This week we're meeting the finalists.

Christina Burnett

Christina dedicates her time to helping elderly and vulnerable people in Lambeth enrich their lives by getting to grips with modern technology.

Christina Burnett at the South Lambeth library
Christina Burnett at the South Lambeth library Credit: ITV News

Christina Burnett is behind 'Digital Tuesdays' at the South Lambeth library. Across the road elderly residents from a sheltered housing scheme also get to grips with laptops and filming equipment. Christina wants to show people how modern technology can make a difference.

Pride of Britain: Do you know a local hero?

Here's a reminder about our search for the people who go the extra mile for their communities; the men and women you think deserve a big "thank You" and to have their story shown on ITV.

ITV News is once again joining forces with the Daily Mirror to find our Local Hero for 2013 - and we want you to nominate your local hero.

Here's Nina Hossain with the details.

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