An East Lancashire designer who has created trainers for Adidas for 20 years has reached the final 10 of the Brave Britons awards.

Darwen's Gary Aspden, who featured in the first British Textile Biennial in Blackburn last year, is down to the final 10 of the Charity Champion category for his work supporting and raising money for Nightsafe.

Mr Aspden designed 160 pairs of adidas Blackburn Spezial trainers featuring homeless charity Nightsafe’s logo, with bids for some of the limited edition pairs reaching more than £55,000 on ebay.

Proceeds from the initial launch day were then given to Nightsafe and Mr Aspden was soon made the charity's first ambassador.

Mr Aspden, who provided Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher with his own Spezial trainers, reached the selection stage out of about 50 nominations in the Charity Champion category, chosen by the public.

A spokesperson for the Brave Briton Awards, which are sponsored by Amplifon, said: "Four finalists will be selected in each category by a panel of judges chaired by Falklands War hero Simon Weston, and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in October."