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Pride of Britain celebrates its 20th anniversary

The awards recognise the country’s unsung heroes.

Launched in 1999, the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain awards have become the biggest of its kind, recognising extraordinary people who make our world a better place. The event brings together an array of personalities, from the world of sports, the arts and showbusiness to support the show.

Ten of thousands of people from all walks of life are nominated by the public and winners are chosen by a panel of judges. The awards are shown on ITV and watched by five million viewers, making it the highest rated awards show of its kind in Britain. 

The annual event is hosted by Carol Vorderman, who made an emotional speech thanking the past winners over the last 20 years: "Before we meet all of this year's winners for one last time, I want to say from the bottom of my heart what a complete privilege it has been for me over 20 years to meet every single one of our Pride of Britain heroes. 

"You have all changed so many lives with all that you've done, including mine, and I just want to say thank you."

Winners this year include Dante Marvin who is a powerful advocate for disabled children with the motto “there are no disabilities, only abilities”, won the Child of Courage award. Other winners include Dame Elizabeth Anionwu who won the Lifetime Achievement award after overcoming a tough childhood to become a nurse and transform care for people with sickle cell disease.

Click here to view a selection of the most memorable moments over the past 20 years.

The awards were screened this week on ITV. You can watch it on catch up on ITV Hub.

Source: Daily Mirror

Hannah Ohm Thomas 06/11/19

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