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List of winners from 2016 Pride of Britain Awards


Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Royalty, politicians and celebrities are set to attend The Daily Mirror's annual Pride of Britain awards in central London which honours the achievements of the country's unsung heroes.

The winners of the 2016 awards are:

:: Outstanding Bravery - William Edwards

The 24-year-old from Wrexham risked his own life to save pensioner, Anne Wade, who was trapped inside her burning car. Smashing through a window to help the terrified woman escape, he cut open his arm and severed two tendons in his hand - but with the help of onlookers was able to force open the door and pull her to safety.

:: Special Recognition - David Nott

Every year for the past 23 years, he has taken several months' unpaid leave from his NHS job in London to work as a volunteer for aid agencies including Medecins Sans Frontieres, the Red Cross and Syria Relief. The leading war surgeon has operated under fire in the world's most dangerous places, including Afghanistan and Iraq - often risking his own life to save others.

:: Child of Courage - Dylan Graves

The 12-year-old schoolboy risked his own life to save his friend, James Yeadon, by pushing him out of the path of a runaway car and taking the brunt of the impact himself. As a result he was dragged along and trapped under the vehicle - he suffered back injuries, broken ribs and a fractured pelvis and was off school for eight weeks.

:: Emergency Services - Dr Simon Walsh, Dr Samy Sadek and paramedics Bill Leaning, Sam Margetts and Dean Bateman

London's Air Ambulance team saved the life of a cyclist who was moments from death by carrying out a rare and complex heart procedure on a busy roadside. Victoria Lebrec, 24, had been knocked off her bike by a skip lorry and dragged under its wheels and was bleeding heavily. The team carried out a resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta, which involved inserting a small balloon into a major blood vessel and inflating it, preventing further blood loss and saving her life.

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:: Lifetime Achievement - Professor Stephen Hawking

As the world's most influential scientist he has changed the way we think about the world around us, despite battling the devastating illness, motor neurone disease for more than 50 years. Selling millions of copies of his book A Brief History Of Time, he has also inspired millions with his extraordinary refusal to let the condition dictate the terms he lives by.

:: Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser - Rhea Kara

The 11-year-old aspiring artist was so moved by the plight of children with an incurable condition called Rett's Syndrome - which mainly affects young girls leaving them with disabilities and medical issues for life. Most are unable to speak, walk or use their hands. Rhea vowed to paint a painting a day for 100 days - she has undertaken this challenge for three years, raising £13,500 to help fund research into the condition.

:: Special Recognition - Karen Johnson

Given the devastating news her two sons Simon and Mikey would die before their teens from the rare genetic condition Hunter Syndrome, she resolved to help find a cure so other families would not have the suffer the same agony. She launched the cure-seeking GEM appeal in 1994 and has since raised more than £2.6 million to date. The research she has helped fund has developed an enzyme therapy that has reversed symptoms in some sufferers.

:: Prince's Trust Young Achiever Award - Francesca Brown

The 25-year-old overcame depression and family troubles to set up an inspirational football development programme for girls, helping them deal with issues such as low self-esteem, bullying, body image and giving them a career pathway. She trialled her football-based Goals4Girls as a voluntary project two years before joining the Prince's Trust enterprise programme in 2015, which helped her turn it into a viable business.

:: Special Recognition - Team GB and Paralympics GB

The country's awe-inspiring athletes rewrote the history books at the Rio Games, sending records tumbling and surpassing all expectations. Team GB finished second on the medal table after winning 67 medals, including 27 gold and 23 silver - two more than won in London. British Paralympians picked up the winning baton as they finished with 147 medals - 27 more than they won in London and way above the target of 121. Their haul included 64 golds.

:: Child of Courage - Tilly Sawford

The eight-year-old was given just a 5% chance of survival in March 2009 after she fell into a bath of scalding water at the age of just 15-months. Tilly has endured more than 500 operations, including grafts of shark cartilage and cow collagen as well as the amputation of a leg, after she suffered 86% burns.

:: TSB Community Partner - Billy Muir

Celebrated as Britain's hardest-working man, 68-year-old Billy carries out 20 jobs to keep his remote island community of North Ronaldsay - the northernmost of Orkney's islands - thriving. His unstinting service spans five decades and has stopped the Scottish outpost grinding to a halt. Billy's jobs include airport baggage handler, electrician, builder and rubbish collector.

:: Special Recognition - Simon and Ted McDermott

Dementia sufferer and former club singer Ted, 80, and his son Simon, 40, have inspired millions around the world with their infectious Carpool Karaoke-style fundraising videos. Simon captured a heart-warming clip of their rendition of Engelbert Humperdinck's Quando Quando Quando and posted it to Facebook with a JustGiving link. It racked up more than a million views in a matter of weeks, and so far their videos have raised more than £130,000 for the Alzheimer's Society.

:: Child of Courage - Nikki Christou

The 12-year-old schoolgirl was diagnosed with the potentially life-threatening facial disfigurement arteriovenous malformation - an abnormal connections between arteries and veins - at the age of just six. Her condition causes intense pain, is incurable and leads to potentially fatal nosebleeds. Despite this, she set up a YouTube channel to talk about her condition to her 79,000 followers, and offers make-up tips and advice to people struggling to cope with chronic illness.

:: Special Recognition - The Groves Family

In June 2010 14-year-old Lillian Groves was killed by a speeding driver who had been smoking cannabis outside her family home. At the time police did not carry drug testing kits and one was not carried out on the driver until nine hours after the incident - meaning there was not enough in his system to charge him. Her family have since achieved a change in the law on drug-driving after sustained pressure on the Government and plenty of campaigning.

:: The Pride of Britain Awards ITV are screened at 8pm on Tuesday.

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