Anna’s Hope founder Carole Hughes in regional Pride of Britain final

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Founder of Anna’s Hope charity, Carole Hughes, is one of four regional finalists in ITV’s Anglia’s Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year.

If she wins, Carole will be representing ITV Anglia in the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards in October.

Carole said: “This is absolutely incredible and a complete surprise. I’m away with the fairies.

“I had no idea people had put me forward for this. The first I heard about it was when I got the phone call on Monday afternoon.”

Each finalist will feature one evening on ITV this week to talk about their fund raiser. Carole featured on Monday night.

Carole, with her husband Rob, set up the Anna’s Hope charity in memory of their daughter. Anna died of a brain tumour in 2006, at the age of three.

The charity aimed to raise awareness and funds to help children with brain tumours.

The TV coverage coincided with the first anniversary of Brainbow.

Brainbow is a team of specialists at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge,who provide therapy and rehabilitation support to children recovering from brain tumours.

The team of therapists behind Brainbow was launched through Anna’s Hope.

The charity will fund Brainbow for another two years.

Carole and her husband hope that afterwards the NHS will fund Brainbow, so it can continue to offer support.

Carole said: “Brain tumour is one of the biggest killers and recovering children and their families need support.

“It would be incredible to get through to the final.

“It is nice to be recognised for the work that we have done.”

“But I don’t think of this as for me, I do this in Anna’s memory.”