Revealed: East Midlands Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year

Congratulations to Phil Coker, who is our fundraiser of the Year for the East Midlands!

We have been asking for your nominations for people in the region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity.

Hundreds of people were nominated, and we had the difficult task of shortlisting four individuals.

Our judging panel - former Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, presenter Balvinder Sidhu and programme producer Mike Dolan - had the even more difficult decision of choosing one finalist. They decided on fitness fanatic Phil, and he's now in the running for the Pride of Britain ITV Regional Fundraiser of the Year Award.

Here's why our judges selected Phil:

Phil uses his love of fitness to help fundraise for others in the local community in Heanor, Derbyshire.

For the last decade, he has 'Impact Fitness' classes in local community in schools, halls and parks.

Since 2013, he started organising three-hour-long sponsored 'fitathons' to support local causes.

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His first fitathon was to raise funds for para-triathlete Phil Hogg to buy a hand cycle in order to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Phil says he knocked on his door out of the blue and offered to help. The pair have since formed a close friendship, and Phil Hogg regularly helps out with other fitathons.

Phil is currently focussing on fundraising for teenage twins Freddie and Louis Dawkins, who have Batten disease, a rare condition that means they require round-the-clock care.

He's raised £6,740 in the last year for the twins. The money goes towards treatment and research. Since 2013, Phil has raised nearly £32,000 in total for all his causes.

Find out more about Phil's storyhere.