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Scratby’s Betty Brown is heading to London for national pride awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 16:17 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 25 October 2017

Great Yarmouth Sports Awards. Betty Brown, Inspirational Sports Personality. Picture: submit

Great Yarmouth Sports Awards. Betty Brown, Inspirational Sports Personality. Picture: submit

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An inspirational woman from Scratby will be in the limelight next week after she progressed to the finals of the National Pride of Britain Awards.

Torchbearer Betty Brown carries the Olympic flame through Filby. Picture: Denise BradleyTorchbearer Betty Brown carries the Olympic flame through Filby. Picture: Denise Bradley

Betty Brown, 84, will be at the London ceremony on Monday after she won the Anglian region section of the awards.

Mrs Brown has raised money for various disabled groups including the National Society for the Disabled and was one of the founders of the Marina Centre Physically Disabled Swim Club in Great Yarmouth.

She said: “I go to London next Monday. A car will be at the station to meet us and take us to the Cumberland Hotel where all the finalists are staying and to the Grosvenor Hotel for the evening reception hosted by Carol Vorderman and attended by Prince William and stars from entertainment and sport.

“I feel quite humble but elated to feel so much appreciation for something I love doing by raising money and helping disabled people.”

Mrs Brown was diagnosed with polio when she was 18.

At the time she was training to be a PE teacher when she became wheelchair bound with the condition.

She started her charity work by donating art work to local craft shops and giving the money from the sales to various charities.

She now gives talks on her life experiences, from the children she has met and taught to gliding in a glider adapted for people with no foot control.

In 2012 she had the honour of carrying the Olympic torch through the borough.

Mrs Brown said: “The disabled swimming club at the Marina Centre is my baby starting in 1981 by a small group of us but only Pat Hollis and myself are still around from this group.

“We continue to encourage our members to have a go, after 36 years the club is still going strong and enjoyed by all our members.

“My aim in life my motto is my motto “Try to climb the mountain you might not get to the top but at least you’ve tried” and this I hope will inspire others.”

The Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards in partnership with TSB celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people who make our world a better place.

The national awards ceremony will be shown on ITV on November 7.

Mrs Brown found out last Friday she had progressed to the finals of the prestigious event.

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