A TIRELESS fundraiser from Wrexham has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award.
Phil Jones from Marford has committed more than 25 years of his life to help raise more than £5.5 million for charity.
His son Christopher Jones, 32, who nominated Phil for a local hero award, said: “It is his involvement of freely giving up his time to help others which makes him so special.”
While working at Airbus Phil successfully led its Charity Challenge programme, helping raise money for numerous local and national charities.
He also works tirelessly to promote local football in the Wrexham area and is chairman of the Wrexham and District Youth League, vice-chairman of Gresford Athletic, president of Marford and Gresford Albion and since stepping down after a 47 year career at Airbus, Phil has recently taken up a voluntary post as ambassador for Nightingale House Hospice.
Phil, 53, who is also a football correspondent for the Leader, said: “It’s a real honour to be thought of in this way but whatever I’ve achieved in life has been achieved as part of a team.
“This nomination is for the great group of colleagues I left at Airbus, those who work alongside me in local football but above all else, a great wife and four dear sons who have supported me along the way.”
In the past he has organised trips for children from a local children’s home to Disneyland in Paris, mentored homeless teenagers, and conducted numerous DIY projects in the community.
Phil admitted he is a massive fan of the Pride of Britain Awards and is thrilled to even be considered for one of their prestigious awards this year.
Phil is one of four finalists who are being featured this week on ITV Wales news.
He has been shortlisted for the ‘local hero’ award – the winner of which will be announced on the Friday news programme.
He said: “Even if I do not get to go to the awards, it is a programme I never miss and I will be tuned in with a box of tissues alongside me.”
Hosted by Carol Vorderman, the 15th annual Pride of Britain Awards is a unique night of truly extraordinary heroes.
It is packed with uplifting and moving stories of courage, selflessness and achievement against the odds – with more than few surprises thrown in along the way.
Famous names from showbusiness, sport and politics will unite to celebrate the most awe-inspiring achievements at the Grosvenor House in London’s Park Lane on October 7.