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Pride of Britain Awards 2015

The 17th Pride of Britain Awards took place at Grosvenor House in London last night.

Pride of britain awards

The prestigious annual awards event saw David Beckham, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell amongst a star studded line up who came together to celebrate the extraordinary lives of unsung everyday heroes.

The awards honour British people who have acted bravely or extraordinarily in challenging situations.

Nominated by the public, the Pride of Britain Award winners are chosen by a panel of celebrities and well-known figures from a range of backgrounds.

Whilst there are many worthy winners of the Pride of Britain Award, one particular story captured the hearts of the nation.

Eight year old Bailey Matthews won the Child of Courage Award. The youngster who was born with cerebral palsy took part in the children’s race of the Castle Howard Triathlon in North Yorkshire in July.

The triathlon began with a 100m open-water swim, followed by a 4km bike ride on traffic-free trails around the Castle grounds, climaxing with a 1.3km run on a safe off-road course. With the finish line in sight Bailey pushed aside his waking frame to finish the race unaided, despite falling down twice. Although he was last to finish he was roared home to a huge crowd of emotional spectators and his dad.

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As Bailey Matthews walked unaided to receive his Pride of Britain Award last night he received a huge standing ovation.

The award was presented to him by some of Britain’s greatest athletes, Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington, Greg Rutherford and Victoria Pendleton.

Greg Rutherford said: “If my son is half the boy you are, I will be very proud.”

Diver Tom Daley added: "It is amazing what he has achieved. When you strive to achieve something against what he has had to go through it's just amazing."

David Beckham made a point of meeting Bailey backstage, telling him: “That’s a fantastic suit.”
And when Bailey told him he supported Doncaster Rovers, Beckham said: "That's fantastic, what a great team."

The Pride of Britain Awards will be aired on ITV on Thursday 1st October at 8pm.

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