A DIDCOT hospital hero is today being revealed as a contender in ITV’s Pride of Britain awards.

Andy Baker is set to appear on ITV Meridian’s 6pm news this evening telling his story.

The 31-year-old has been nominated in honour of his work helping to raise more than £100,000 for numerous good causes over the past 17 years with his charity Play2Give.

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Much of that money has gone to Oxford Children’s Hospital at the John Radcliffe Hospital site in Headington, where Mr Baker was himself treated for years as a child after being born with a brain injury.

The football fan, who started fundraising with charity tournaments he organised as a teenager, is in the final four candidates in the Meridian region for this year’s Fundraiser of the Year title in the awards.

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The regional winner will be announced on Friday, and will then go forward to the national stage.

He said he hoped his supporters would be ‘delighted’ with the news.

Mr Baker’s nomination comes after Oxford soup kitchen founder Icolyn ‘Ma’ Smith was given a Pride of Britain award at last year’s event.

She was congratulated by celebrities including Sir Cliff Richard.