Midlands Pride of Britain Awards Nominee

Kathy Coe set up a domestic abuse helpline from her bedroom in 1993 Credit: ITV

The Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards takes place at a prestigious ceremony in London tonight and Midlands Kathy Coe has been nominated.

A former victim of domestic abuse, Kathy left her second husband to find there was very little help or support available to women and children. She used this experience to set up the Pathway Project in Lichfield to help others in similar situations.

She began by starting a 24-hour domestic abuse helpline in her bedroom in 1993 which has now grown into 3 refuges and responds to 1700 calls a year.

An inspiration to many Kathy knows how isolated domestic violence can make you feel

"I know how lonely and isolated and desperate you feel when the person who is supposed to love you and look after you, is the person who is actually making your life hell."

The Pride of Britain celebrates achievements of remarkable people who improve the lives of others.

A panel of nationwide judges decide who wins the awards which have been presented every year since 1999.

You can watch the Pride of Britain Awards tomorrow night (Tuesday 30 October) on ITV1 or find out more about the awards here.