TWO brothers, from Widnes, have been shortlisted for a national charity award, in recognition of their fundraising work.

Stu Mather, 38 and Tim Mather, 43 have made it down to the final select few for the Fundraiser of the Year award at the Sense Awards 2018.

The brothers have shown enthusiasm and commitment to supporting adults and children with complex disabilities, by organising fundraising events for the charity.

Tim Mather was inspired to support Sense by his daughter, who was born with a hearing and sight impairment.

Together with Stu, they have enlisted the help of family and celebrity friends to put on a comedy night, attracting some of Britain’s top comedy talent as well as a wine tasting evening.

The brothers have raised a total of £8,000 for the charity.

The annual Sense Awards, now in their 15th year will take place on Thursday, September 20 at TouchBase Pears in Birmingham, and will be hosted by BBC presenter Nikki Fox.

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people with complex disabilities, as well as the staff, carers, family members, volunteers and fundraisers that support them.

Tim said: “We have been a friend of Sense for three years and have remained close to the team after my first marathon for them in 2016.

"We are truly honoured to be even considered for an award, especially as the lead up to the comedy night was so much fun. "Thanks to the amazing top level comedians who gave up their time for such a worthwhile cause. All we really did was stand there and laugh. We are ecstatic to have raised so much for Sense this year and we hope to be able to continue to support this amazing charity in the future too. Good luck to everyone else who has been nominated. We are all winners.”

Sense chief executive, Richard Kramer, said: “Both Stu and Tim have been so supportive of Sense over the past few years and have shown immense dedication to fundraising for the charity this year, for which we are very thankful. The Sense Awards exist to celebrate the achievements of people like Stu and Tim and I wish them both the best of luck for this year’s award ceremony.”