Unsung heroes of 2020 celebrated in awards ceremony

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A host of special people were recognised for their outstanding acts of bravery and selflessness with statuettes in the star-studded Pride of Britain Awards ceremony that was televised at the beginning of November.

The event, held on November 1, was very different from the usual glittering affair, with social distancing strictly adhered to. Nonetheless, it was powerful in its message. The winners came from all walks of life, from Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old veteran who raised a jaw-dropping £32 million by walking a hundred laps of his garden, to PC Bond, who was seriously injured while trying to stop an out-of-control driver.

The NHS received a Special Recognition Award for the way the service has responded to this years’ pandemic crisis, and 91-year-old Dena Murphy was named the TSB Community Hero, with her community allotment helping countless young offenders to rebuild their lives.

All the winners received a stunning Pride of Britain statuette, which was presented by their favourite celebrity. The statuette depicts a female figure with outstretched arms, from which angel wings, engraved with the Union Jack pattern, extend behind. Made from bronze cast with a nickel plating, the elegant figure stands on an ebony base, upon which is engraved the title of the award and the recipient’s name.

During these uncertain times, some feel-good factor is certainly needed in life. Many of those who tuned into the awards noted that watching the selfless winners receive their engraved awards was uplifting, emotional and inspirational.

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