The biggest celebrities in all the land have come out for the 15th annual Pride of Britain Awards, to celebrate and congratulate our country’s finest unsung heroes.
Every year, the Carol Vorderman – hosted gala ceremony – held by The Daily Mirror in association with ITV, The Prince’s Trust and Lidl – awards those people in Britain who really make a difference in their communities.
This year’s ceremony saw David Beckham present the Teenager of Courage award to 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for girls to have an education.
The former footballer told her: “You’re an amazing young lady, a very special young lady, and your story has moved millions of people around the world.
“I’m so privileged and honored to present this award to you.”
The event was being backed by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, and global sports star Usain Bolt, the six times Olympic sprint champion and fastest man in the world.
RNLI rescue team Paul Eastment, 46, Chris Missen, 25 and Martin Blaker-Rowe, 33, was recognized for rescuing a woman passenger swept from a car in surging flood water in Umberleigh, Devon.
Also honored for her outstanding bravery was Karin Williams, 50, a lollipop lady who suffered serious injuries after diving into the path of an out-of-control car to save the lives of children outside Rhoose Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Other unsung heroes to receive awards at the event included the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in recognition of their long fight for justice.
The award will collected by Margaret Aspinall, chairman of the Hillsborough Families Support Group.