A Night At The Pride Of Britain Awards

On Monday evening the Pride of Britain Awards took place in London. Founded in 1999, the annual awards honour the UK’s unsung heroes.

The Grosvenor House Hotel was packed to the rafters with VIP guests, who came from all spheres of society – politics, pop, stage, screen, business, sport and science. But every one of them was more than happy to be eclipsed by the real stars of the night – the award winners. One of whom was George Mathias an 11 year old lad from Eccleston.

George’s Story

George has raised more than £35,000 to say thank you to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Charity for saving his little brother’s life.

James Mathias was only a few days old when his parents found him limp and struggling to breathe after waking him for a night feed. James, who had been born seven weeks premature, was rushed to Alder Hey Hospital, where he spent five days in a coma.

James’ big brother George, then four, came to visit him. Peering into the intensive care cot, George feared it might be the last time he’s see his baby brother. Thankfully, the staff at Alder Hey were able to nurse James back to health. As George got older, he kept asking his parents what he could do to help the hospital that had saved his brother. His dad told him if he came up with an idea, he’d help make it happen.

Richard says: “George loved keeping me company when I went for a jog, so when he suggested running a mile for every month his little brother had been alive, I thought it sounded brilliant.”

But what started as a sponsored jog soon snowballed into something much, much bigger. After reaching his goal of 75 miles, George didn’t stop. He is now on his 99th mile and aiming for the big 100. That’s the equivalent of nearly four marathons.

His mission has attracted attention from all over Liverpool and beyond, with celebrities queuing up to run alongside George and cheer him on.

Steven Gerrard, John Bishop and Jason Manford have all run a mile with George, and so far they’ve helped him raise more than £35,000 for Alder Hey.

Each celebrity nominates another famous face to run with George next, and so the journey continues.
And so far, George shows no signs of slowing down. His dad Richard says: “Every mile means more money for the hospital, and that’s what drives him!”

The first £25,000 raised has already been used to buy four specially-heated cots for premature babies in the Special Care Baby Unit.

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What a night!

George said “Best night of my life!! So happy to win the Pride Of Britain Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser of the Year award”

“Thank you everyone!!

The boys dad, Richard said “What a night at the Awards! It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we just met so many amazing people.”

“Duncan Bannatyne gave us an amazing donation on the night. £10,000!” “This takes the total of money raised so far for Alder Hey to around £50,000”



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“My favourite pic is the boys backstage after they got the award. Ozzy Osbourne and even a very small Nicole Scherzinger in the background!

“Prince William was talking about Prince George and how he was the same age as my son George when he visited James in hospital. “He said how amazing it was that he has raised so much money for the charity.”

The next day the family appeared on breakfast TV and then visited 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.

The Pride of Britain Awards 2017 will air on ITV on 7 November at 8pm.


Celebs pay tribute to the Pride of Britain winners

Stars including Rod Stewart, Holly Willoughby and Liam Payne honoured the ordinary men, women and ­children whose extraordinary achievements embody the very best of the human spirit and what makes our nation great

Speaking for them all, rock legend Sir Rod Stewart said: “Pride of Britain isn’t like the Oscars or the Grammys where everyone is patting each other on the back.

“These winners are real people and they deserve the entire nation’s thanks. It’s going to be a real tearjerker.”

And actress Dame Joan Collins added: “I think these awards are so unique because the people are so special. They’ve have all done something amazing something we’ll all probably never do.”

TV presenter Christine Bleakley said: “Pride of Britain is one of those events that everyone knows is coming.

“And it’s also one of those events where you just can’t not cry. Tonight is going to be very tough after everything that’s happened this year, but uplifting, too.” Dame Esther Rantzen added: “It’s the event of the year.”

Singer Liam Payne said: “Our country has been through a lot this year and it’s ­important to celebrate these unsung heroes. Pride of Britain reminds us all we need to be nicer to each other and make the world a better place.”

I’m A Celebrity queen Scarlett Moffat arrived with her mum. She said: “It’s such an honour to be here with such brave, inspiring people. We’ve always watched it on TV and I cry buckets, so I’ve packed my handbag full of tissues.”

Former Strictly winner Ore Oduba said: “This has been an awful year, there have been real tragedies. But it’s a celebration really because these events could have been so much worse if it hadn’t been for the emergency services.”

Alesha Dixon added: “It’s amazing to see how resilient people are in a time when we all live in fear.” Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were there to present the This Morning Emergency Services Award to the Grenfell firefighters.

Holly said: “Most people run away from danger and these people ran towards it to save lives. It’s extremely humbling.”

Co-host Phillip said: “This is a night of heroes. It’s all about saying thank you.”

Loose Women’s Coleen Nolan said: “In today’s climate of fear to hear stories like this gives you faith in humankind again.”

GMB presenter and Pride of Britain judge, Susanna Reid added: “It’s really important for Pride of Britain to celebrate those people we all rely on, all of us.” Pregnant TV presenter Katie Piper said: “I was on the judging panel and because it’s been such a difficult year it was particularly hard to choose the winners. Because all the nominees were incredible, inspirational people.”

MP Yvette Cooper who arrived with husband Ed Balls added: “The Pride of Britain is a really important celebration of the best of our country and also a tribute to immense bravery.”

Theresa May said: “I am humbled to be supporting these awards again this year. We celebrate unsung heroes of every age and ­background from all communities.”

Awards founder and Mirror editor Peter Willis added: “Their amazing stories are humbling yet life-affirming testaments to the indomitable British spirit which will inspire millions.”




















Red carpet arrival





Photos by Jono Symonds Photography and Daily Mirror










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