Pride Of Britain Awards 2020 Carol Vorderman presents virtual ceremony

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  • The 2020 awards were held virtually, with trophies awarded to recipients prior to the evening by a host of celebrities
  • Famous faces included David Beckham, Prince Charles, Michael Sheen, Holly Willoughby, and Ashley Banjo
  • Carol Vorderman presented the awards from London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea – illuminated for the occasion with a stunning Pride Of Britain Awards set and red, white and blue lights in celebration of this year’s winners
  • As the awards aired on ITV, landmarks across London, including the London Eye, BT Tower and County Hall, were also seen lit up in the colours of the union jack flag
  • Carol opened the show with a jibe at Dominic Cummings, making a sly reference to his infamous trip to Barnard Castle 

22-time host of the annual Pride Of Britain Awards Carol Vorderman opened the 2020 ceremony on Sunday evening with a grand entrance, a glam look and a political dig.

The presenter, 54, kicked off proceedings by flying across London’s skyline at sunset, looking sensational in a glam ensemble, her blonde locks fluttering in the breeze.

Touching down at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea – illuminated for the occasion with a stunning Pride Of Britain Awards set and red, white and blue lights in celebration of this year’s winners – Carol stunned in a sparkling blue gown as she introduced the awards – this year held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Making an entrance: 22-time host of the annual Pride Of Britain Awards opened the 2020 ceremony on Sunday evening with a grand entrance, a glam look and a political dig


Captain Vorders: The presenter, 54, kicked off proceedings by flying across London’s skyline at sunset, looking sensational in a glam ensemble, her blonde locks fluttering in the breeze

Carol was sure to start things off with a tongue-in-cheek opening speech, referencing the events of the past seven months.

‘Whether you’ve been working from the kitchen table, home-schooling the kids, teaching your nan to Zoom, or even taking a day trip to Barnard Castle, they’ve been tough times for us all,’ Carol said – the latter a jibe at Boris Johnson’s Chief Adviser Dominic Cummings’ infamous outing in April, which saw him flout lockdown rules.

As the awards aired on ITV, landmarks across London, including the London Eye, BT Tower and County Hall, were also seen lit up in the colours of the union jack flag.

Carol was joined for the awards by the likes of Ashley Banjo and Susanna Reid to introduce some of the winners.


Good one, Carol! Carol was sure to start things off with a tongue-in-cheek opening speech, referencing the events of the past seven months. ‘Whether you’ve been working from the kitchen table, home-schooling the kids, teaching your nan to Zoom, or even taking a day trip to Barnard Castle, they’ve been tough times for us all,’ Carol said


Lady in red: Carol was joined for the awards by the likes of Susanna Reid to introduce some of the winners. Susanna looked stunning in a sparkling floor-length red cocktail dress

Susanna looked stunning in a sparkling floor-length red cocktail dress and introduced the Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser Award winner, Tony Hudgell, who at five-years-old raised more than £1 million in a lockdown walking challenge, inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore.

The youngster was surprised by his heroes Ant & Dec, who dressed up as Nutcracker soldiers to hand him his prize. 

Ashley was joined by his Diversity co-star Jordan Banjo, along with footballer Marcus Rashford, to award Child Of Courage Emmie Narayn-Nicholasw with her prize.


Special little boy: Susanna introduced the Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser Award winner, Tony Hudgell, who at five-years-old raised more than £1 million in a lockdown walking challenge

Surprise! The youngster was surprised by his heroes Ant & Dec, who dressed up as Nutcracker soldiers to hand him his prize

Emmie – a schoolgirl and leukaemia patient – was inspired to provide meals, support and comfort to the families of other seriously-ill children.

In a double-honour, Ashley and Jordan also presented Manchester United and England star Marcus with a Special Recognition award for his remarkable campaign to stop kids going hungry.

Marcus, 22, dedicated his time in lockdown to fight on behalf of the 200,000 disadvantaged children on free school meals, and forced Boris Johnson into a u-turn over plans to end support over the summer.

Marcus, who relied on free school dinners when he was growing up in Manchester, also helped to raise £20m to feed another three million people, and is continuing to provide a powerful voice for under-privileged families.

Former victim of domestic violence Rebecca Beattie was awarded the Prince’s Trust Young Achiever prize for setting up Always B. U, an ethical clothing brand dedicated to raising awareness of domestic violence.

Rebecca was with her ex-partner, who physically abused her, for five years. She struggled to provide the basics for herself and her son because of her partner’s economic abuse.

When Rebecca left the relationship at the age of 24, her ex-partner and father to her child attacked her so badly that she needed facial reconstruction surgery. He was later jailed for 16 months.

Soap stars: Antony Cotton and Jennie McAlpine surprised one winner with her award


Icon: Green-fingered great-grandmother Dena Murphy was honoured with the TSB Community Hero gong. Dena has helped hundreds of young offenders get their lives back on track thanks to her community allotment and was reduced to tears, stating that she hadn’t cried for 30 years

After Rebecca left hospital, she had to rebuild her life from scratch. In 2018, Rebecca joined the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme, which helps young people turn big ideas into business reality.

Prince Charles interrupted an interview with Laura Whitmore to present her with her award, leaving her speechless as she believed she had been invited to Clarence House for something else entirely.

‘You’ve actually, can you believe this, won the Prince’s Trust Young Achiever of the Year Award from Pride of Britain,’ he told her. ‘It is much deserved, to say the least!’ 

Coronation Street stars Antony Cotton and Jennie McAlpine surprised green-fingered great-grandmother Dena Murphy with the TSB Community Hero gong.

Surprise: David Beckham was up next, stunning a young fan when he presented him with an award

Dena has helped hundreds of young offenders get their lives back on track thanks to her community allotment and was reduced to tears, stating that she hadn’t cried for 30 years. 

David Beckham was up next, stunning a young fan when he presented him with an award.

The former footballer, 45, left Sebastian Williams, 11, and his family stunned as he surprised him at a hotel and presented him with a Pride of Britain Child of Courage Award.

OMG: The former footballer, 45, left Sebastian Williams, 11, and his family stunned as he surprised him at a hotel and presented him with a Pride of Britain Child of Courage Award

Hero: Young Sebastian comforted his injured mother Suzanne and kept her conscious after she fell 100 feet down a ravine near Oban in Scotland

Young Sebastian comforted his injured mother Suzanne and kept her conscious after she fell 100 feet down a ravine near Oban in Scotland. He called a Coastguard helicopter and Mountain Rescue team, saving his mother’s life.

Sebastian turned up at a hotel where he believed he was being interviewed by a journalist, but was left gobsmacked when Becks showed up.

A smiling David said, ‘I have a small surprise for you’ before presenting him with the award. Becks added: ‘I can’t give you a hug to congratulate you but your family would love to.’       

There he is: Sebastian turned up a hotel where he believed he was being interviewed by a journalist, but was left gobsmacked when Becks showed up

Olly Murs then surprised a brave police officer by presenting her with an award while she was on set at The Voice.

The singer, 36, took to the stage while PC Claire Bond was testing out the judges chairs and began to sing Dear Darlin’, prompting her to press the buzzer.

In September 2018, PC Bond was responding to reports a car had crashed into a garage in Coton Fields, near the route of a 10k race.

Drug dealer Gurajdeep Malhi had smashed into parked cars while fleeing police in a hired BMW. 

Shock: Olly Murs surprised a brave police officer by presenting her with a Pride of Britain award while she was on set at The Voice

Surprise: The singer, 36, took to the stage while PC Claire Bond was testing out the judges chairs and began to sing Dear Darlin’, prompting her to press the buzzer

PC Bond, a mother of four from Staffordshire, tried to grab his car keys and struggled with Malhi. She was determined to stop his driving, because if he escaped. 

He was heading straight for the route of the race, which was packed with runners. During the struggle she was run over, dragged along the ground and crushed against a fence.

She was eventually pulled to safety but had to undergo a five-hour operation to save her shattered leg.

Malhi fled on foot and was last arrested and jailed for 12 years. A year after the incident, PC Bond took part in the same race to raise money for the charity Care of Police Survivors. 

Award: PC Bond, a mother of four from Staffordshire, helped to chase a drug dealer fleeing police and sustained a leg injury after being crushed against a fence 

Proud: PC Bond’s husband Darren and two children Kenzie and Evie watched on as Olly surprised her on stage 

She covered the first 9km in a wheelchair but walked the final kilometre.

PC Bond had been unable to work for 18 months as she recovered from being run over but refused to let the virus keep her at home any longer and she returned to work on 1st April to the COVID-19 frontline.

It was while she was being given a behind the scenes tour of The Voice that she was surprised by Olly.

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