A WREXHAM man will rub shoulders with the stars on the red carpet after winning the Welsh Local Hero prize as part of the Pride of Britain Awards.
Phil Jones, from Marford, has committed more than 25 years of his life to help raise more than £5.5 million for charity.
The 53-year-old said he was delighted to beat four other nominees for the Wales regional award.
Now he will travel to London next month to join famous names from showbusiness, sport and politics for the glittering awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Central London, which will be screened on ITV1.
He said: “I must confess I am both amazed and overwhelmed to be voted Wales’s Local Hero Award winner.
“The principality is full of unsung heroes who go about their daily lives helping others for no other reason, just like me, they feel it is the right thing to do.
“I get enormous satisfaction out of my community involvement so to represent Wales at the Pride of Britain Awards in London next month is an exciting prospect and something I am really looking forward to.”
While working at Airbus, Phil successfully led its Charity Challenge programme, helping raise money for numerous local and national charities.
He 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 FC, 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 Cancer Hospice.
His son, Christopher Jones, 32, who nominated Phil, said: “I am so pleased and proud that dad has won this award.
“It has now become quite obvious to many what a hero he is.
“However, with my three brothers Paul, Rob and Nick and my mum we have known all along how special he is.”
In the past Phil has organised trips for children from a local children’s home to Disneyland in Paris, mentored homeless teenagers and conducted numerous DIY projects in our community.
Airbus human resources director Mark Stewart said; “Phil is a unique character whose contribution at Airbus and the community is outstanding.
“He has been a guiding light of our Charity Challenge programme, establishing a spirit and a tradition of volunteering and giving that has been ingrained into Airbus.
“He is a superb organiser, a role model to many and an example of what can be achieved with enthusiasm, patience and an ability to motivate others.”
Phil, who is also a football correspondent for the Leader, is now in with a shot of winning the British award on October 7, when he will go up against other local heroes from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The annual ceremony, which has been running since 1999, will again be hosted by Carol Vorderman.