THE brother of a young man who died of cancer aged just 24 has been nominated for a Pride of Britain award after setting up a charity in his name.
Toby Freeman, chief executive officer of the Robin Cancer Trust, is in a four-strong shortlist of finalists for the East Anglia region.
His family set up the foundation after brother Robin, of Queens Road, Wivenhoe, died in December 2011 following a battle with a form of germ cell cancer which developed into a grapefruit-sized tumour in his chest.
The trust campaigns to raise awareness of this rare form of cancer in 16-35 year olds, which includes both testicular and ovarian cancers.
Next Tuesday, ITV Anglia News will broadcast interview with Toby, his mum Lorna and fellow trustee Jo Harwood before a panel of judges will decide the regional winner next Friday.
The victor will then attend the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards next month and compete against 16 other regional winners for the national award.
Toby said: “I was absolutely stunned to even be nominated for a Pride of Britain award, let alone shortlisted for the East Anglia region.
“I am honoured that our supporters have chosen to nominate me, as I feel this is a nomination for everyone involved with The Robin Cancer Trust.
“It is a testament to all the hard work that all our followers, volunteers and the board of trustees put into raising awareness of germ cell cancers throughout the year at our fundraisers.”