Warner in the running for top award

HE'S already been named the Pride of Anglia and today Warner Duff is in the running for a national gong honouring his tireless work within Ipswich's disabled community.

HE'S already been named the Pride of Anglia and today Warner Duff is in the running for a national gong honouring his tireless work within Ipswich's disabled community.

The 52-year-old, from Kesgrave, is set to attend a glittering award ceremony celebrating the achievements of the country's previously unsung heroes.

Mr Duff was announced as ITV's Anglia Feelgood Factor winner last night for his continuing commitment to Ipswich Town Disabled Football Club.

The regional prize puts him in contention for a national honour at this year's 11th Pride of Britain Awards, which has become the biggest event of its kind in the UK.

Mr Duff, a former plasterer, was left disabled following an operation on his back in 1994.

He set up the Ipswich Town Disabled Football Club seven years ago and now spends his time running the club completely voluntarily as chairman.

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“After the operation I couldn't go to work but I wanted to put something back into the community,” said Mr Duff. “I had the opportunity to set up the club and it has gone from strength to strength since then.

“It has become a great project which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to get involved in football.”

The team, which contains two international players, narrowly missed out on winning a national trophy when they lost in the final on penalties to Liverpool.

The overall national Feelgood Factor Award winner will be decided by a panel of judges including the Prime Minister's wife Sarah Brown, and Dame Kelly Holmes.

Carol Vorderman will host the star-studded ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in London's Park Lane which will be screened on ITV1 on Wednesday, October 7 at 8pm.