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Pride of Britain awards - Bridgend man's delight at being nominated

Mark Williams from Bridgend was at the Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain awards in London last night Photo: ITV News Wales

A Bridgend man was last night rubbing shoulders with the good and the great of the show biz world as he was honoured for his work in helping fathers with depression.

Mark Williams was nominated for a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain award by his wife Michelle.

After the traumatic birth of their son Michelle Williams suffered a severe and long period of Post Natal Depression.

For 18 months Mark did everything to keep the family together, but as Michelle recovered Mark developed a depression of his own.

Following his illness Mark set up a number of self help groups, Fathers Reaching Out, across South Wales to help fellow male sufferers.

Mark found out earlier this month that he had won the final of the regional stage of the competition in the local hero category.

Unfortunately Mark lost out to Ann and Terry Panks from Wythenshawe in Manchester.

The couple, both in their seventies, scooped the award for local hero for having opened their own home to over 1,000 homeless men in 32 years.

But, it didn't take the shine off the event for Mark, who said the evening was "fantastic".

This was the 14th annual awards celebrating achievements of the nation's unsung heroes.

Amongst those who attended the bash were Mo Farah, David Walliams, Amanda Holden, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Elton John, David Beckham, Gary Barlow, Sir Ian McKellen, Dawn French, Pierce Brosnan, Simon Cowell, and Holly Willoughby.

*The Pride of Britain Awards can be seen tonight on ITV1 at 8pm. *