A St Dogmaels man has been crowned ITV Cymru Wales Fundraiser of the Year after carrying 50kg of coal on his back across hundreds of miles for charity.

Brickwork college teacher Derek Burton came up with the unique idea from his experience seeing men delivering coal to his house as a child.

The 55 year-old said he wanted to give back to the local community and to raise money for children living in the area who had illnesses or disabilities.

The money raised on each challenge has gone to families in the community, and a local school in Aberporth - so they could build a sensory garden for their pupils.

Derek's fundraising efforts have also been able to buy essential things to improve lives, such as a mobility chair and petrol to travel to hospital for treatment.

Across numerous walks and challenges, Derek's coal carrying efforts have seen him travel around 745 miles and raised around £55,000 for good causes.

He even went on to set up his own 'Criw Glo' - or Coal Crew - to help bring the community together and generate even more donations through group walks.

Derek said it all started out with a ten-mile walk to raise money for a local woman who needed medical treatment that they could not get under the NHS.

Since then, Derek has completed several 100-mile walks, which included a remarkable trek from Cardiff Castle to Cardigan over the space of ten days.

Another coal carrying challenge took Derek 30 miles from Carmarthen to Cardigan, and he has also completed the Cardiff half-marathon twice.

"The first one was easy, but on the second one, I hurt every mile on that one," said Derek, who is a former captain and head coach at Cardigan RFC.

"It never gets easier, I've never done an easy one. But as much pain as I've been in, that's nothing compared to the people we're raising money for."

He added: "I've felt like quitting on all the walks, but I've got good people around me who remind me why I'm doing it and what for, and I can't quit then.

"It's community based, all the people involved are all local, we are part of the community. It brings so many people together, and it goes a long way.

"It's never been about me carrying the coal, it's about people getting involved and joining us on the walks, people bringing us tea out at 3 o'clock in the morning.

"That's massive, people don't think that's much, but it is. It's a community thing and I'm proud of being part of the community, which Criw Glo is."

Derek was one of four final nominees for the prestigious ITV Cymru Wales Fundraiser of the Year.

A panel of senior ITV Cymru Wales staff and a guest judge, Welsh Paralympic rower Ben Pritchard, crowned Derek as the winner from four finalists.

He is now up against the winners from the other ITV regions, for the chance to win Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year

The winner claiming that title will be announced at the Pride of Britain ceremony in London in October.