A Croydon man who helps people with disabilities make it in the working world has reached the final of the National Diversity Awards.

Nana Marfo, who works as an employment support officer in the 'gateway' division at Croydon Council, has been named a finalist in the category of 'positive role model award' - disability' out of more than 24,550 nominations.

The 35-year-old works to get people with disabilities into – or back into - supported employment and increase their independence.

He himself was born prematurely with a narrow airway which resulted in a permanent breathing disorder that required throat surgery, and he later suffered the loss of sight in his right eye.

Mr Marfo said it was a proud day in his life when he found out the news of the nomination.

“We all deserve access to a workplace which is accommodating and gives full support to people with disabilities," he said.

"Due to my tracheostomy I almost lost my voice; now I feel a duty to use it to speak for those who feel they do not have one.

"I was stunned and proud to be nominated, and hope this will raise the profile of jobseekers with disabilities.”