It’s that time of year again when royalty, politicians, and celebrities from TV, film and the sports field get together for one very special event.
They’ll be leaving their egos at the door of Grosvenor House in London’s Park Lane to honour everyday folk who have achieved remarkable things.
Carol Vorderman once again takes up duties in hosting The Pride of Britain Awards 2014 hearing thought-provoking stories of heroism and courage with the odd famous surprise thrown in for good measure.
There are many uplifting tales of going the extra mile here, which, in a world where everyone seems to be looking out for themselves, restores your faith in humanity.
Once more, Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron will be present and correct, along with celebrities including Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Stephen Fry, Amanda Holden, Tom Jones, Mr Selfridge stars Jeremy Piven and Katherine Kelly, and gold medal-winning Olympians Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins.
Aside from honouring Teacher Of The Year, Child or Teenager of Courage, and ITV Local Fundraiser of The Year, the ceremony also gives out a Lifetime Achievement Award, which in the past has been granted to the likes of Peter Benenson, who started Amnesty International, and Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Holocaust.
Back to the 2014 event, and among those collecting plaudits are a woman who has fostered 1,200 children; Tim Berners-Lee, the British Oxford University Graduate who revolutionised the planet with the World Wide Web, and there’s a posthumous honour for Stephen Sutton.
Aged 15, he was diagnosed with bowel cancer, but spent the final months of his life raising millions of pounds for charity via a bucket list of things he wanted to do before he died.
His cause attracted the attention of many, including comedian John Bishop (present tonight), and Coronation Street’s Sam Aston (Chesney). He is one of the folks who nominated Stephen “for all his amazing efforts and hard work”.
TPOBA is always moving event which has left many attendees and those watching at home in tears, so it’s a good job Vorderman has come prepared.
“It’s always a great honour to present the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards and meet such extraordinary, courageous and awe-inspiring people,” she said.