Every year, the most courageous, brave and remarkable people in the country are honoured in a star studded ceremony. The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, celebrates the achievements of those who make our world a better place.
ITV Meridian had the pleasure, and difficult task, of selecting two winners of the Fundraiser of the Year award from our region. Helped in the decision making process by children's entertainer Mr. Maker, Fred and Sangeeta were faced with tough competition. But here is our winner...
ITV NEWS MERIDIAN WEST FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR AWARD
He ran through the pain barrier, again, and again. Raising money for mental health charities.
44 marathons, in 44 countries, over 44 consecutive days.
That’s the incredible achievement of Pete Thompson, from Bournemouth. Pete’s mission was to raise money for mental health awareness and support charity MIND and the Flourish project, based at a wellbeing discovery centre in Dorset, with charity Livability Holton Lee.
So far, he’s raised more than £20,000.
Starting his journey in Russia, Pete continued across Estonia, down through Belarus, and across Eastern Europe to Croatia before heading back to the UK for the London Marathon. He then zig-zagged his way across the continent before reaching the Netherlands, and Iceland before passing the finishing line in Ireland.
Here's a breakdown of Pete's astonishing tour:
- 1,158.2 miles of running
- 21 trains
- 12 planes
- 5 buses
- 5 cars
- 1 ferry
Pete has continued his journey visiting schools to give motivational speeches, inspiring children to get fit, and raise awareness of mental health issues.
Pete joins Fred and Sangeeta in the studio this evening ahead of the official screening of the ceremony.
The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards airs tonight at 8pm, on ITV 1.