A BRAVE Stockton Heath youngster, who had to undergo open heart surgery, has been nominated for a ‘Pride of Britain’ award for his fundraising efforts.

Seven-year-old Ted McCaffery has not let a six-hour operation to repair a damaged valve stop him in any way and took part in a mini triathlon three months later to raise cash for Alder hey, where he was treated.

As previously reported in the Warrington Guardian, doctors spotted the Grange Primary School pupil had a heart murmur during a check-up aged one.

The youngster spent 24 hours in intensive care, nine days in hospital and three months off school following the op but has since made a full recovery and played rugby for Warrington RUFC under 7s team.

He was prompted to fundraise after discovering the TV next to his hospital bed was broken and became a ‘Young ambassador’ for Alder Hey Children’s Charity in October.

Cath Harding, from Alder Hey Children’s Charity nominated Ted in the ‘Young fundraiser of the year’ category, said: “We are delighted to nominate Ted for a Pride of Britain award today.

“He has been a fantastic supporter of our £30m appeal which is aiming to raise valuable funds for Alder Hey’s new hospital.

“We are nominating all our young appeal ambassadors for the vital role they are playing in helping us create a world class facility for children and I’m pleased that Ted was able to attend today so I could nominate him personally.”

On being nominated, Ted said he was very excited and could not believe it.

Winners will be announced during a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House in the autumn.