HUNDREDS of supporters are nominating Corrie McKeague’s mother for a Pride of Britain award.
Nicola Urquhart has been praised for her inspirational strength, integrity and patience shown since her 23-year-old son went missing almost six months ago.
The 48-year-old from Dunfermline, Fife has been searching tirelessly for the RAF gunner since he disappeared while on a night out in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
A bin uplift was incorrectly recorded at the time as 11 kg but was revealed earlier this week as actually weighing 100 kg – showing a 14 stone difference.
Nicola told the 112,000 members of the ‘Find Corrie’ Facebook group that she believes this “can really devastatingly only mean one thing”.
The update has since sparked hundreds of supporters to nominate Mrs Urquhart for the televised award including her “outstanding bravery” shown during the investigation.
Nicky Donovan wrote: “I too have nominated Nicola for The Pride Of Britain Award.
“Her inspirational strength has shown us how important integrity, truth, perseverance, patience, caring and respect for everyone makes the biggest difference in our society today and can lead us all to want to achieve more and to make a life changing difference to our community.”
Sarah Louise Snelling said: “Nicola you and your family have been so brave. My thoughts are always with you.
“I have nominated you for a pride of Britain award and I think people should do the same. Bless you.”
Agnes Kerr wrote: “I too nominated Nicola,for outstanding bravery,not only was she searching desperately for her son , she had to take on Suffolk police, the trolls and anyone else who put their two pence worth in and she did it with courage and dignity that’s a special kind of bravery in my book.”
And Theresa Marshall said: “I chose outstanding bravery, anyone that can go out and search for their child in all weathers and terrain to possible find their body I think is remarkable.”
Corrie, 23, vanished while on a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on September 24.
A bin lorry was spotted on CCTV at the time the RAF airman was last seen and appeared to reflect his movements at the time.
Yesterday Mrs Urquhart admitted she is “terrified” over what investigators might find in the 60 tonnes of waste they are searching through at a landfill site.
The airman’s mum has previously admitted it’s “just a matter of time” before her son’s body is unearthed at the Cambridgeshire site.
The investigation has reportedly cost more than £300,000 to date and the search of the landfill site could cost more than £500,000 if it runs for 10 weeks as planned.
Reflecting on the bin weight error Det Supt Katie Elliot said: “It’s frustrating for me, I think it must be terribly frustrating for Corrie’s family.”
The Pride of Britain Awards celebrate the achievements of “truly remarkable people” and has been around since 1999.
It is the biggest awards show of its kind on British TV and winners are nominated by members of the public.
Last year Karen Johnson was awarded a special recognition award for launching a cure-seeking appeal for rare genetic condition Hunter Syndrome in 1994 and raising more than £2.6 million.
David Nott, a war surgeon who took several months unpaid leave from his NHS job to volunteer for aid agencies including Syria Relief, the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières, was also handed a special recognition award last year.
The 2017 Pride of Britain Awards will be screened on ITV on Tuesday 31st October.