Pride of Britain Award winners come from all walks of life, but they share a spirit that sets them apart as true heroes
All Winners: Pride of Britain 2014
The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards have been an incredible night. From A-list stars like Simon Cowell to the Prime Minister David Cameron it is a star-studded night, but the focus of the event has never shifted from those winning the awards – the remarkable unsung heroes.
Here is a full list of the winners and what makes them so special.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Special Award for Outstanding Achievement
He was the man who invented the internet… then gave it away for free. Sir Tim Berners-Lee won the prestigious judges’ special award for “outstanding achievement.”
Prime Minister David Cameron gave award to Sir Tim Berners-Lee and said: “He truly is the Pride of Britain.
Cameron praised him for inventing the world wide web and stressed: “He made it free for everyone.”
Modest Tim said: “What makes this award special for me is the sparkling diversity of people around me here who have done all kinds of incredible things – braver and greater things than me. To be among them is a great honour.
“I’m just this guy, I had an idea, a project that worked – many projects don’t work, it was incredibly lucky.”
“What’s most important to me is making sure the web remains open to all the free.”
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Lidl Young Fundraiser
It was a priceless moment that summed up the magic of the Pride of Britain awards.
Hearing that not only had he received a Pride of Britain Award, brave Ted McCaffrey discovered he was going to be whisked away by private jet to Disneyland Paris for the evening.
“Back of the net,” he cried.
No sooner had the seven-year-old heart surgery survivor received his Young Fundraiser of the Year Award from singer Olly Murs than he jumped into a waiting car to head for a special night at the resort in the French capital.
The schoolboy, of Stockton Heath, Lancs, dreamed of going to Europe’s biggest amusement park while he was in hospital for eight weeks for open heart surgery.
And last night the Pride of Britain Awards helped his dream came true.
In the car to the airport, Ted said: “I didn’t even know I was getting the Pride of Britain Award until last week. I thought my mum was joking when she told me.
“Being there was just amazing. I had my picture taken with lots of famous people. I managed to get a selfie with David Cameron.
“I really didn’t think I would be going to Disneyland. It is completely amazing. It’s so good. This is a much bigger surprise than anything I’ve ever had before.”
Olly said: “I think it’s amazing that this boy thought of others when most children would be thinking of themselves. What he’s done is absolutely brilliant. He’s an amazing lad.”
It was a suitably lavish surprise for a boy who showed incredible courage in devoting his life to others after suffering so much himself.
While he was in hospital for heart surgery in February 2013, Ted wanted to watch a bit of television to help pass the time.
When he discovered the TV was not working, the schoolboy’s first thought was not for himself, but for the next seriously ill child who would occupy his bed in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Ted underwent a six-hour operation followed by 24 hours in intensive care and nine days in hospital recovering.
When he was back home he managed to convince his parents to let him take part in a triathlon that involved racing 150 metres on a scooter, cycling 600 metres and running 200 metres.
Ted was even undaunted when one of the stabiliser wheels on his bike fell off during the cycle stage, running and pushing his bike at the same time.
Brave Ted raised £1,028 and was asked by Alder Hey to be a children’s ambassador – a role he happily accepted.
Lidl Young Fundraiser Ted McCaffery
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Andrew Bilton and Brian and Joanne Keane
When Brian Keane, 47, and his wife Joanne, 43, came across an horrific car crash on their way home, they leapt into action.
Along with another passer-by, Andrew Bilton, 43, they risked their lives to save two men trapped inside the burning wreckage.
Unable to free one of the injured drivers, Brian climbed onto the back seat to kick the door out from the inside as Andrew tried to put out the flames and Joanne gave first aid.
Andrew managed to drag the driver out just moments before the car exploded.
Joanne Keane welled up when she was reunited on stage with the man they saved.
She said: ” It brought everything back. It made us both tearful.”
Her husband Brian added: “We’re not heroes. We just did what needed doing.”
Mr Selfridge star Jeremy Piven presented them with an Outstanding Bravery award.
Hollywood star Piven said: “I am exceptionally humbled to be invited to present this award.
“The British people have welcomed me to this wonderful country with open arms and I am overwhelmed to meet these real heroes.”
Kara Tointon, due to star in the next series of Mr Selfridge, said: “You always need your waterproof mascara when attending these awards, I am especially humbled tonight.”
Katherine Kelly, who also stars in the show, said: “These awards are the best of their kind and it’s a wonderful honour to be in the same room as these amazing people.”
Andrew said: “I’ve had an absolutely fabulous evening. It has been a surreal night. I’ve been doing a lot of celebrity spotting.”
Andrew Bilton and Brian and Joanne Keane
Determined to take his own life, Jonny Benjamin teetered on the edge of London’s Waterloo Bridge in 2008 and prepared to throw himself over the side.
But as he stared down into the Thames, a kind soul stopped, offered to buy him a drink and talked him out of it – that kind soul was Neil Laybourn.
Jonny, who was 20 at the time, didn’t have a clue who his saviour was. Making up a name for him, this year he formulated a campaign to find this unknown hero and thank him. He set up #FindMike with charity Rethink Mental Illness and eventually tracked him down.
Neil, now 31, didn’t just come forward he also worked with Jonny to promote mental health awareness and highlight suicide, which is one of the biggest killers of men aged 20-49.
Neil said: “I just saw people walking by and thought if there is one thing I can do to make a difference it is better to have a go rather than regretting it for the rest of my life.
“I got the phone call telling me about this award at 5pm the day before I was getting married. It was a lot to process.
“I just had a conversation with someone who needed it at the time. It’s amazing to be here.”
Jonny said: “Neil doesn’t appreciate how special he is or what he did that day.
“He saved my life and hopefully through my charity work, we can save others so he saved all of us.”
Russell Brand, who presented him with the award, said: “Not many people would stop, but he stopped and he found the right words. It’s a beautiful story and nice to know that there’s that kind of humanity around us, particularly when so many people do feel so despairing and lonely.
“We live in a walk-by society. We’ve been told that it’s: ‘every individual for themselves’ so it’s surprising when people act in a human and compassionate way. The values that Neil represents are the kind of values that should be at the centre of our society.
“I get emotional at these things, but it’s not really about me, that’s what’s quite good about the Pride of Britain Awards. At other events there’s a lot of narcissism involved and you think whenever you get a bit nervous you think: ‘There’s a lot more important people that this is much more important too – and quite rightly.”
Teenager of courage
Cissy Adamou has been through more traumatic experiences in her 15 years than most people face in a lifetime.
The bright teenager has been moments from death and has survived a heart transplant, kidney transplant and tumours on her spine and brain.
Before losing her hair to chemotherapy, Cissy shaved it off and donated to the Little Princess trust which provides wigs to children who have lost their hair for medical reasons.
Two of her friends were inspired to join her sponsored head shave, helping Cissy to raise £13,000 for the Freeman Hospital and for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
Pop band The Vamps appeared at her school to invite her to the awards last night and sang Simon and Garfunkel hit Cecilia in her honour.
CIssy also writes a blog to share her experiences with other seriously ill children to help them cope with their own illnesses.
Cissy said: “I hope it does give them a little bit of comfort because sometimes a little bit is all you need.
“Everyone has courage, they just need to find it within themselves.
“It feels so amazing to win this award. It was really nerve-wracking being up on stage but Carol, Amanda and Alesha really looked after me. It is so exciting.””
The two Britain’s Got Talent judge’s presented her with the award along with pop band McBusted who invited her backstage to interview them for her blogs at one of their gigs.
Alesha said: “It is an absolute honour to meet you and you are a remarkable young lady.
“She is such an amazing person with a beautiful spirit and it just goes to show that it doesn’t matter what you face in life you can get through it.
“She is so inspiring.”
Tony the Fridge
For a man nicknamed the Fridge, three rather apt guests were on hand to present him with his fundraising award.
TV chef Jamie Oliver paid a jokey tribute to household appliance carrying fundraiser Tony Phoenix-Morrison by arriving on stage carrying a children’s toy oven.
Tony, who carried a fridge the length of Britain, revealed he now plans to go global by carrying the seven stone appliance from New York to Los Angeles.
He said: “I knew I couldn’t just stop after crossing Britain because cancer is still here. I will keep going until we beat cancer, I know it’s not going to be achieved overnight. This is my project for life.
“I can’t believe I have won this award. You go into this to help others, not for glory. This award is for everyone who has donated to the cause and to everyone who sends my messages who are fighting their own battles every day.”
Jamie Oliver said: “Tony is an incredible fella. You look at his posture when he is carrying that fridge, he knows he could hurt himself and knock years of his mobility but he is so determined, he just cracks on. I can’t imagine doing what he does.
“When the Tony’s video came on the place went crazy. It’s so different it captures your imagination. This country needs more people like Tony.”
The 50-year-old has covered more than 1,000 miles with a 42kg fridge strapped to his back makes is efforts even more incredible.
Mary said: “What Tony does to raise money is absolutely remarkable.
“Carrying that fridge is like carrying 42 bags of sugar and I wouldn’t be able to lift them off the ground.
“My heart goes out to him. Paul would get a plastic one made if he had to do it.
“Cancer affects so many lives it’s so important for people like Tony to do what they do.”
Paul, who carried a giant gingerbread man on his back in Tony’s honour, joked: “It’s unbelievable, it’s like carrying Philip Schofield on my back.
“For me it’s the logistics involved that hits me – the burns and scratches on his back must be a nightmare. And now he’s going to do it across America, to do it all again over 2,800 miles.
“That selfless act is what Pride of Britain is about. Real people making a difference. He’s raised more than £100,000 which is an incredible amount for one person.
“It’s very humbling to hear about what he does.”
Following the death of his son from meningitis Steve Dayman spent the past 30 years helping families who were affected by the deadly disease.
His son Spencer died aged just 14 months old back in 1982. But Steve, 66, set up a series of fund-raising charities to help research meningitis.
Labour leader Ed Miliband presented the haulage boss with a special recognition award for his extraordinary efforts. He praised Steve’s “extraordinary courage and humility” in his battle to save children with meningitis.
And he said he particularly loved the Mirror Pride of Britain awards “because they show what is so great with our country.”
“I think Steve is an incredible guy, there are so many people hearing his story and thinking how would I deal with that tragedy, no one could imagine doing what he has done. As a dad myself of course I feel that. It is the true definition of courage, he is a true hero. What he did is unimaginable, his response has been extraordinary.
“And I have to thank the Mirror for highlighting his story and those like them, they make us so proud of Britain and the best of this country.”
His wife Justine said: “I would like to thank Steve from the bottom of my heart. He has helped save so many children’s’ lives.”
Steve said: “If it was not for Spencer I couldn’t have made this difference, if he could speak to me now he’d say ‘Blimey Dad, have you done all that?’ Spencer gives us the strength every day to continue with our journey.
“It’s been a long journey that’s for sure, but we are a big team and with the support of the general public we make a significant contribution.
“Children will have a better chance of survival. The sad thing is that even in the best hands it’s not always enough to save lives, and that’s why the vaccine is so important. The meningitis B vaccine has been trialled for a number of years and it’s now safe and effective. We need it introduced as soon as possible.”
Prince’s Trust young achiever
At just 11-years-old Georgia Hardie found herself homeless after her alcoholic mother’s unpredictable behaviour forced her out of the family home.
She spent the next three years sleeping in secret in her sister’s room at a hostel, where she would hide under the bed if staff came knocking, or staying at friends’ houses.
Georgia says: “Being homeless at 11 is terrifying. You feel isolated and stressed.”
She moved into a room of her own in a council-run hostel when she was 14. Georgia tried to attend school but left at 17 with few qualifications.
But her life was turned around thanks to The Prince’s Trust after taking part in its Get Into Construction programme for young unemployed people.
Now 23, she is a site manager, rents her own flat and also volunteers her spare time to help train other young people.
Georgia says: “This award means so much to me. I never imagined out of all the people I could ever come close.
“I think I’m going to put my award in my sister’s house because she deserves half of it. She couldn’t make it tonight because she’s just had a baby.”
She added: “I’ve been trying not to cry because I haven’t worn waterproof mascara.
“I was trembling when I got on stage. It was really nerve-wracking.
“My highlight was meeting Prince Charles. He has an amazing aura and he makes you feel so comfortable.”
He added: “Georgia is not only incredibly inspirational for all those people who come into contact with the Trust but it is so on message and right that she has been presented with this award. I am delighted for her and honoured to meet her.”
Good Morning Britain Local Hero
Sir Bruce Forsyth was strictly second fiddle as he honoured a special foster mum.
Betty McGlinchey has given love and devotion to more than 1,200 children who’ve been in her care.
Her life as a foster parent began when she took in the nine and 11-year-old daughters of her best friend, Lily Martin, who died at the age of 36 from meningitis.
But social services were so impressed they enlisted Betty, who moved from Scotland to the West Midlands in the 1970s, as a permanent carer along with her husband, Seamus.
Even after Seamus died 20 years ago, she continued to devote herself to the needy young people who came into her home – and to those that left she will always be a hero.
Betty, 75, said: “The key is to have a sense of humour and start every day with a fresh page.
“I had a good upbringing so hopefully I bring out the right stuff from all my kids.
“They are proud of me tonight I imagine but not as proud as I am of them every day.”
Betty, from Coventry, got to dance on stage with Sir Bruce.
She added: “It was amazing, even if he told everyone I’m 75 when I’m nowhere near! I’m only in my 60s. There’s a lot of life in me yet.”
Former Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce said: “This lady is incredible. I was so pleased they chose me to present her award because it is such an incredible achievement. And to do it after her dearest friend died at such a young age – she just grabbed her two kids and looked after them.
“There was a bit of confusion over just how many children she had helped because she has helped so many!
“To have done that over so many years, I don’t know of anybody else who has done such a wonderful thing for kids who are not wanted or through tragedy haven’t got a mother or father. She’s an absolute darling of a lady and I can’t praise her enough.
“This makes me feel so humble. Famous people get awards for different things but people like Betty are really worthy – it’s not just for doing a few weeks or a song and dance, this is humanity, doing something to make people’s lives better.”
Special Recognition winner Betty McGlinchey at the Daily Mirror 2014 Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel
Child of courage
Doctor Who landed his Tardis at the heart of the Pride of Britain awards to celebrate the actions of a brave child.
Time Lord Peter Capaldi said news of Jack Mackay’s bravery had spread across the universe after he tackled a vicious dog which launched a frenzied attack on his mum and baby brother.
Peter said: “News of your courage has spread across the galaxy.
“It has spread to planet Gallifrey , the home of the high council of the Time Lords who have bestowed upon you the title of honorary Timelord.”
He then added: “It is such a privilege to be here. People love Dr Who as a character. It’s a real institution and it’s great to be here and give something back, especially to such a big Dr Who fan like Jack.”
Jack, 11, was playing football outside his house in Eltham, South East London, when he heard his mum Lucy, 29, scream. The Bull Mastiff dog was going for her eight-month-old baby Jacob and she was desperately trying to hold him above her head out of harm’s way.
Jack, 11, instinctively ran towards the dog making himself a target instead. He underwent plastic surgery for wounds to his face and arm.
He said: “It feels great to win an award.”
Mum Lucy said: “It was so emotional watching the reconstruction back of what Jack did. We are so proud of him, I burst into tears as soon as his name was called out.
A whip round amongst the great and good at the Pride of Britain Awards pushed inspirational fundraiser Stephen Sutton’s appeal over the £5 million mark.
The Who star Roger Daltrey joined with Jason Manford to honour the outstanding efforts of the 19-year-old who became a national hero after he drew up a bucket list to raise £10,000 for the Trust after he was diagnosed with colon cancer.
Stephen embarked on his incredible adventure after doctors told him his cancer was incurable in December 2012. But his fundraising mission really took off when he tweeted a photograph of himself giving a final thumbs up from his hospital bed in April this year.
Comedian Manford spotted the message and began rallying support for the campaign and by the time Stephen died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on May 14 he had raised more than £3million.
Stephen was given the most heartfelt standing ovation if the night as his mum Jane took to the stage to collect a posthumous award in his honour from Teenage Cancer Trust patron Roger and comedian Jason. More than £50,000 was raised on the night to push Stephen’s Just Giving appeal over the £5 million mark.
Mum Jane said: “It’s absolutely incredible to stand on the stage in a room full of celebrities and politicians and see them stand to applaud him. I’m so proud of him.
“It’s still very emotional but Stephen’s story has ensured his memory will live on and we will keep fundraising because that’s what Stephen would have wanted, to make a difference and help other teenagers with cancer.”
Roger said: “Stephen was clearly a very special young man, he faced everything that was thrown at him with such dignity. Every young person I have met with cancer has been so positive and so brave. It is a joyfully humbling experience meeting them. Stephen’s story has shone a beacon on all those remarkable young people and the money he has raised will make a huge difference to the Teenage Cancer Trust and the people it helps.”
Jason said he thinks of the fundraiser all the time.
He said: “I’ve got a little thing next to my bed that reads, ‘Don’t measure life in time, measure it by achievement.’
“If it was written on a photo circulating on the internet you’d probably ignore it but because those words came from someone who meant it, who knew their important, means so much.
“I forgot it every so often, but when little problems come up and you find yourself struggling, you remember him.
“It sounds ridiculous but Stephen changed my life. It made me think, ‘What am I doing?’ it’s a big thing meeting someone like him.
“I’ve tried to instill his message into my children too. He was an incredible individual.”
Stephen’s older brother Chris, 22, said: “It’s surreal to be here and see so many people I admire remember my brother.
“To me he’ll always be my little brother and an idiot but to see how much he’s inspired people is great.”
Stephen’s best friend Chris Bullock, 19, added: “Especially as Stephen was never doing it to receive credit, but to help others and raise money.
“I think of Stephen all the time. whether it’s seeing a ribbon put up in his memory near where we live or walking past a place that holds memories for us. We miss him but we’re also incredibly proud.”
Thumbs up for Stephen Sutton at the Daily Mirror 2014 Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel
Teacher of the year
When Ray Coe heard his 13 year old pupil Alya Ali had been diagnosed with a serious kidney problem his offer to help went above and beyond anything that she and her distraught family expected.
The selfless teacher at The Royal Docks Community School in east London wasn’t just voicing an empty gesture to her emotional mum Faatma – instead, incredibly, he offered to have his own blood tested to see if he might be a match for the pupil who desperately needed a kidney transplant.
Ray, 53, gave his kidney in February this year and after several tough months of recovery both he and Faatma are back at school.
Funnymen John Bishop and Jimmy Carr presented him with his award.
John said: “Teachers are the most important people in society. But Ray has taken it a stage further.
“What he has done is just incredible.
“What an amazing thing to do for a pupil.”
Ray, a married dad of one said simply: “I’m amazed it’s been seen as such a big thing. We all have so many things to give away, it’s just a kidney and I have two – we only need one to live. I’m flummoxed.”
Instead he paid tribute to the NHS, saying: “The award should go to the NHS, without them and without the care and dedication they offered …mine was a simple act of offering, but the amazing service they gave to me – my heart goes to them.”
He added: “It’s surreal being here, but it is a privilege, especially being among these people – it’s an honour.”
When he saw Alya after the operation he described how “Her face lit up and she took my hands and gave me a great big squeeze.”
He said: “She and her family are my new family. I am Jewish, and they are Muslim, but there is a bond there that will be there for ever.”
Alya, who was enduring dialysis before the transplant, says: “We love him so much. We adore him.”
Jimmy Carr and John Bishop present Teacher of the Year award to Ray Coe at the Daily Mirror 2014 Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel
PC Sara Widdrington
PC Sara Widdrington proves a police officer is never off duty when she popped into her local supermarket to pick up something for dinner – and ended up tackling a gunman.
The 47-year-old was being served at the check-out when a man pointed a gun at the cashier.
Instead of calling 999, Sara, who was with her 16-year-old son, Matt, put her own life at risk and grabbed hold of the gunman’s arm.
She managed to knock him to the floor and with the help of the store manager, the gun was prised out of the man’s hands.
She was accompanied by her Matt and her other son, Louis, 14, to collect her award.
She said: “I’m on top of the world. I’m the proudest mum in all the world.
Standing up there with my wonderful boys was just wonderful.
“It’s just completely humbling to see all these inspirational and courageous people. It makes mine pale into insignificance.”
Son Louis added: “My heart was hammering on stage. We taken about 30 selfies with different celebrities. It’s amazing.”
British comedy legend Ronnie said: “It is such a thrill and an honour to present the award to Sara. What a brave lady she is.”
Comedian Alan, who joined Ronnie on stage to present Sara’s award, said: “It truly is one of the best nights of the year and an honour to be asked back to present an award at this event.
“With all the terrible goings on in the world it’s a night that just makes you feel positive about humanity.”
PC Sara Widdrington
Child of courage
Little Renee-Mai Bolter showed she had the X Factor when she fought to protect her family.
In a terrifying eight hour ordeal, the Child of Courage Award winner fought the intruder who took her hostage, along with her mother Katie and her baby sister Lexi.
Renée-Mai, eight, from Walsall, loves Beyonce but shied away when Simon Cowell asked her for a song.
She said: “I might audition one day with someone who can actually sing.
“I thought it was going to be scary getting up on stage and at first I was terrified but then I saw everyone and it was okay.”
Mum Katie said: “Renée is an amazing child. If it hadn’t been for her, we would have been dead.”
And proud gran Sonja, who went up on stage, added: “We had to hold each other’s hand to make sure we didn’t fall over.
“It’s been a fabulous time. The awards are fantastic.”
Simon Cowell said: “She’s adorable, special and really sweet. Just to see her happy after what she went through is wonderful.
“The only thing that annoys me is that the guy who did this only 14 years – if it were me I’d triple the sentence. When you think of what the consequences could have been, it’s disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. But she’s come through on the other side.
“When you have your kids, your own little boy you think: ‘What happened to her, it could happen to him’ and obviously you’re more protective. I hope it doesn’t ever happen with me and Eric.
“I love the Pride of Britain Awards. They’re a leveller. I go to a lot of award shows and they can be very samey and up themselves. But when you meet the people who get the awards you see people get what they deserve. You remember this much more than someone getting a Brit award, put it that way.”
Leonard Brown, who was obsessed with Renee-Mai’s mum, came into their house in Walsall, West Midlands, with a can of petrol, then proceeded to kneel on Katie and batter her while screaming obscenities.
Renee tried to stop him from hitting her 54-year-old mum, shielding her from the blows and getting punched in the face in the process. When he turned his violence towards Lexi, who was just eight months old, she selflessly flung herself over her little sister.
Still bloodied and bruised, the smart schoolgirl took her mum’s mobile phone and hid it when their captor wasn’t looking. She then denied knowing where it was hidden even when Brown became agitated and demanded she hand it over.
After marching them all upstairs, where they continued to be held hostage overnight as he clutched the petrol can, she took her chance to escape when he went to the toilet at 6am.
Renee handed the phone to her mum,who had no idea she had it hidden in her clothes the whole time, and she called for help.
Brown was then arrested and jailed for 14 years in December 2012 for the attack.
Sir Roy Calne
In the 1950s medical student Roy Calne was told nothing could be done to help a patient dying from kidney failure as a transplant wasn’t possible.
In those days most transplant patients died quickly as their bodies rejected the donor organ.
But in 1959 he helped to develop the first effective immunosuppressant, and in the 70s developed an anti-rejection drug which almost doubled the success rate of organ transplant surgery.
TV presenters Paul O’Grady and Katie Piper presented him with the Lifetime Achievement award.
Former Pride Of Britain winner Katie has personally benefited from Sir Roy’s work – it helped to save her sight.
Katie, 30, was told she could be left blind after an acid attack which left her with severe facial burns.
But she was able to undergo a stem cell and cornea transplant thanks to the drug cyclosporine, developed by Sir Roy, which stopped her body rejecting the foreign tissue.
Emotional Katie said: “I am so honoured to be able to present this award to Sir Roy tonight. He has literally changed my life and the lives of so many other people. I had my daughter six months ago and it is thanks to him that I am able to see my daughter. I can change her nappy and teach her the alphabet. It is amazing.
“Before the transplant all I could see were silhouettes. Now I can even drive a car.”
Sir Roy, now 83, said his research was “my life’s work”.
He added: “Patients have lived more than forty years following a transplant.
“I met one of my earlier patients a few months ago at a party. I performed surgery on her 44 years ago. It was a kidney transplant. And she is in perfect health to this day, living in France.
“It was great to see her and it made us both very happy to see each other. It means a lot to see someone like that again.
“That’s how important this sort of work is.”
Paul O’Grady joked with Sir Roy: “I’ve had a bit of heart trouble myself, so I’ve got your number on speed dial.”
Sir Roy Caine
Agnes Malcolmson and Danny Turner
Feisty nurse Agnes Malcolmson, who tackled a human fireball in a hospital waiting room, told Prime Minister David Cameron the NHS will always be great despite the government’s drive to privatise healthcare. Agnes, who stopped the intruder walking onto a maternity unit and threatening the lives of new mum’s and babies, said: “I love people, I job my love and I love the National Health Service. It’s a great place to work, it is great and it will always be great.
“But don’t mess with me because I won’t take it. I assisted that man to the ground and when he tried to get up I said please stay there. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.”
Hospital workers Agnes Malcolmson and Danny Turner didn’t pause to think about their own safety when a disturbed man walked into the busy reception area, set himself alight and headed towards the maternity unit.
Nurse Agnes, 54, was the first to react, grabbing the man and wrestling him to the floor. Storeroom worker Danny, 51, who had been queuing outside the hospital shop, then sprang into action and leapt on top of the man with his jacket to pat down the flames.
After a few frantic seconds the two heroes thought their ordeal was over, only for the flames to suddenly reignite because the man had doused himself in flammable liquid. The flames were so severe the man’s boots melted onto his feet, but incredibly Agnes only suffered two burned fingers while Danny was completely uninjured.
Agnes said: “It’s amazing to get this award. People have told me I was brave because our natural instinct is to run away from fire, but I didn’t think about that. I respect the power of fire, I have sat through plenty of fire safety lectures during the last 36 years, but my only thought was that I had to protect those babies.
Donny Osmond, who presented the pair with their Outstanding Bravery Award together with TV presenter Myleene Klass, said: “Pride of Britain has been amazing, I wish we had it in the US. Celebrities get recognised all the time but how many times do our nurses and teachers get recognised?
“Agnes and Danny are incredible. I don’t think I would’ve done what they did. Your instinct is to run away from fire, not go towards it and then grab him and bring him to the ground, putting themselves in danger.
“Both of them are outstanding and show Britain to be a beautiful place.”
Agnes Malcolmson and Danny Turner
Prince Harry praised the magnificent efforts of the 132 inspirational men and women who showed a courage and strength like few others – the wounded British Armed Forces members who competed in the very first Invictus Games.
Championed by the Prince, the 13-nation event was a one-off – an opportunity for many who came close to losing their lives in combat, to compete in sports ranging from the track and field to the pool and the rugby pitch.
And their spirit in the face of amputations, life-changing injuries and mental trauma as they performed in front of a sell-out crowd over five days last month, lifted the spirit of the whole nation.
In a special video tribute, Prince Harry said: “To fight for your country takes courage but to move beyond life changing injuries takes the extraordinary level of grit and determination.”
“I can only begin to imagine how challenging the journey of recovery is and the admiration I have for these men and women is limitless.
“Using the power of sport to enhance recovery, the Invictus Games highlighted how those who have been wounded should be recognised for their achievements post injury rather than being defined by any limitations of injury.
“The Invictus Games shone a spotlight on the incomparable character of servicemen and women and their families.
“Their stories move, inspire and humble me.
They are as amazing as they are unique and I’m absolutely delighted that the team is receiving this Pride of Britain award. Well done guys and enjoy the night.”
Sir Bradley said: “Seeing what these men and women have achieved puts things into perspective.
“The word hero gets banded around a lot but these guys are the true definition of hero.”
Champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy said: “I can’t think of a better word to describe these sportsmen and women as inspirational.
“They have made the whole country very proud.”
Prince Harry video message at the Daily Mirror 2014 Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel
Paralympic hero David Weir, who has won six gold medals for Britain, said: “I have felt blown away, to get from that moment of being injured, to getting into sport at this high level, is totally amazing. I’m going to have to start training a bit harder! They are the pride of Britain.”
Boxing gold medal winner Nicola Adams, who was on the judging panel, said: “It is not an easy task judging this, everyone nominated deserves an award, and everyone who receives an award has done a great deal for this country. It is an honour to be on the stage with these guys today.”
Don’t miss the most moving awards show of the year: ITV, 8pm, Tuesday 7 October