Pepper founder is chosen as regional Pride award finalist

A charity founder will find out on Monday if he has won a prestigious national award for his work in helping seriously ill children.

Pepper Foundation founder and patron Robert Breakwell will attend a glitzy London ceremony for the final of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards.

Robert Breakwell with his regional award for the Pride of Britain Awards.

Robert Breakwell with his regional award for the Pride of Britain Awards.

He has already beaten three other regional finalists under the local hero category in the ITV news Anglia region and was visited by a camera crew and reporter who revealed the good news.

Father-of-two Robert, who set up the foundation after the success of an annual Beatles-themed musical show that was dreamt up by his late first wife, said: “What a great surprise.

“My whole life has been taken over by charity work and I have to say that I have loved every minute of it. You meet the best people working in charity and I think it is those people that really deserve the award.

“It is fantastic news and it’s a huge surprise.”

As part of his nomination Robert, who is now chief executive of the Chilterns MS Centre, featured in a short film about the Pepper Foundation, which also included Christine and Eddie Hodgson, of Tring, along with their terminally ill 13-year-old son Jamie who receives care from Pepper nurses.

Today the Pepper Foundation has six nurses caring for around 50 children each year in Herts, Beds and Bucks.