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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 08:55

Yipee! Charity receives Pride of Britain nomination

Hero ex-soldier Karl Hinett – who survived devastating burns when his tank was bombed in Iraq – has nominated the charity for a Pride of Britain award.

The former Staffordshire Regiment recruit, from Tipton, spent five years at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham after he suffered 37% burns in the attack. He has since raised thousands of pounds for the charity.

Karl also put forward his fiancée Beth Platts for a Pride of Britain award which honours some of the country’s most inspirational and extraordinary people.

Karl, 26, said: “I couldn’t do what I do without Beth and I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for all the team at the hospital. The awards are great – they are all about people doing their bit every day silently, when in reality they are making Britain a better place.”

Karl was injured on ­September 19, 2005, when an ­insurgent threw a petrol bomb through the open hatch of his Warrior tank during a rescue mission in Basra.

The Pride of Britain team, championed by TV presenter Carol Vorderman, came to Birmingham this week on a specially branded National Express coach, in the search for nominations for the next awards, to be handed out in the autumn.

Nominations for the awards, sponsored by Lidl, can be made at

To make a donation in support of Karl please visit