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Boating fundraiser heads to the Pride of Britain awards

Alex Hutchings used his love of boating to raise tens of thousands of pounds Credit: ITV News

The Pride of Britain Awards, which celebrates the nation's unsung heroes, is being filmed in London tonight.

Among those who'll be appearing is Alex Hutchings from Swindon. After losing his dad to cancer he turned to the boating community to raise more enough money to pay for a Macmillan Cancer Support Nurse for a year.

Pride of Britain: See the moment this amazing man found out he was our winner

Alex Hutchings has raised tens of thousands of pounds for families affected by cancer. Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

Alex Hutchings, from Swindon, was inspired to raise money after watching his dad die of cancer. He has used his love of boating to raise tens of thousands of pounds to help other families affected by the disease.

He is our Pride of Britain Local Fundraiser for 2015, and the person we will be sending to London for the Pride of Britain Awards. Watch the amazing moment he and his wife found out - and be prepared for some tears...

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Pride of Britain: See the moment this amazing woman found out she was our winner

Elsbeth Hallam raises money for families whose children have a very rare form of cancer. Credit: ITV West Country

Elsbeth Hallam from Plymouth raises money to support families with children diagnosed with neurobalstoma, a very rare form of cancer.

She is our Pride of Britain Local Fundraiser for 2015, and the person we will be sending to London for the Pride of Britain Awards. Watch the amazing moment she found out - and be prepared for tears and hugs...

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Fundraiser Jamie mixes with the stars at awards

Almost 5 million people tuned into the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards on ITV last night.

Everyday heroes from across the country were honoured for their extraordinary achievements.

Representing the West in the Fundraiser of the Year category was Jamie McDonald from Gloucester who, among other things, ran across Canada to raise money for the hospital that helped him as a child:

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And the Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year in the West is...Jamie McDonald

Jamie McDonald ran across Canada for a year Credit: ITV News

After running across Canada for a year to raise money for charity, Jamie McDonald from Gloucestershire, has been chosen as the West's Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year.

He'll now go to through the national finals in London where Carol Vorderman will present the Pride of Britain awards later in the year.

This was the moment he found out:

Mother from Weston super Mare shortlisted for 'Fundraiser of the Year'

A mother from Weston Super Mare whose daughter died of cancer four years ago has been shortlisted for this year's Pride of Britain "Fundraiser of the Year Award".

Mary Collard passed away just 6 months after she was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer - since then her mother has spent every spare hour raising money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust. Katie Rowlett went to meet her.

Gloucester's answer to Forrest Gump ran through Canada for Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

A Gloucester man, described as the real life Forrest Gump, has been shortlisted for the Pride of Britain "Fundraiser of the Year Award." Jamie McDonald's efforts have taken him all over the world. From Bankok on a bike to running through the Rockies in Canada - raising money for Gloucestershire Royal Hospital who helped him through a life-threatening childhood illness. Katie Rowlett reports.

Sue Stevens has dedicated 30 years to raising money for schools in Kenya

All this week we're bringing you the stories of the amazing fundraisers from the West who have been shortlisted for a Pride of Britain Award. Tonight we bring you the story of a woman from Somerset who has dedicated more than thirty years of her life raising money for schools in Kenya.

Sue Stevens spends all of the summer months selling bric a brack and second hand clothes on a driveway in Burnham on Sea - every penny goes towards helping children get into education.

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