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A champion for the rights of people with learning disabilities has received a top award for his inspirational work.

Stephen Hull, from Fareham, received a runner-up prize at the Erica Awards.

The ceremony is designed to recognise individuals across the country who make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism.

'I am honoured and overwhelmed to receive the award and want to thank the people who nominated me,' said Stephen, 53.

'I am collecting the award on behalf of all people with learning disabilities and will use my award to help people with learning disabilities.

'I would like to learn more about self-advocacy.'

Stephen is a founding volunteer member of the Connect self-advocacy group, helping people with learning disabilities to speak out about their problems.

He gives regular talks on hate crime and produces DVDs and booklets.

Stephen received a trophy and a cash award, at the ceremony in London, for his dedication and commitment to helping people in the area.