All the winners from Pride of Britain 2017

31 October

All on stage

Meet the inspirational winners who have all had an incredible impact on the people around them and their local communities...

Fraser Johnston

TSB Community Partner Award: Fraser Johnston

Fraser Johnston set up a scheme in his home town of Falkirk to take elderly people from care homes out on his trishaw bike.

The 20-year-old spends his spare time in the saddle, taking pensioners out for trips in the local area on his tricycle, which has a seat for two fastened to the front.

Cycling Without Age Falkirk is a community group he set up in March 2016 to combat loneliness and isolation among pensioners.

Fraser said: "I really wanted to find a way to get the elderly out and about. I'd seen the work Cycling Without Age had done in Denmark and thought that it would be a perfect way to reach out to pensioners over here. I started by taking a couple of women to the Falkirk Kelpies as they had never seen them, despite living only a few miles away. They loved it so much they wanted to go again. They saw things outside that helped jog memories from their past.”

Fraser and his team of 30 volunteers have taken out more than 150 care home residents, all aged over 85.

After a video of Fraser taking pensioners out for a ride went viral and gained more than 38 million views, he started a Crowdfunding page, which has now raised £43,492 for the scheme.

Dilys Price

Special Recognition: Dilys Price

At 85, Dilys Price is the oldest woman in the world to skydive – but that’s certainly not her greatest achievement.

The fearless Welsh grandmother has also built a unique centre for children with special needs, helping families from her community and across Cardiff.

Speaking about her first jump, Dilys said: “When I went out, I remember thinking, ‘This is death,’ then, ‘Oh my goodness, I am flying!’ Now I can't imagine my life without it."

The retired teacher made her first parachute jump at the age of 54 and has now completed more than 1,130.

When she wasn't jumping out of planes, Dilys was busy working as the director of The Touch Trust, a charity she founded in 1996, which offers movement education (called ‘touch therapy’) for people with learning disabilities in Cardiff.

The charity is for children and adults, including those with dementia, challenging behaviour and autism, and it helps more than 1,000 people every week.

Dilys stepped down from running the charity last year, but she's still helping to fundraise and promote its work through her parachute jumps.

Sarah Hope

Special Recognition: Sarah Hope

When a tragic accident left Sarah Hope’s daughter with life-changing injuries, the mum-of-three became a campaigner for child amputees’ rights.

In 2007, Sarah’s twin sister had just given birth to her first son, and Londoner Sarah, her two-year-old daughter Pollyanna and her own mother Elizabeth were on their way to hospital to meet the latest addition to their family.

Tragically, an out-of-control bus hit all three of them, killing Elizabeth, injuring Sarah and causing Pollyanna to have to have her right leg amputated below the knee.

Ever since the horror of that day, Sarah, 45, has fought relentlessly for the rights and needs of child amputees at home and abroad.

Her campaign directly resulted in the government providing an extra £1.5million for new sports prosthetics for child amputees. Previously, prosthetic legs on the NHS only allowed amputees to walk.

This means 500 children can have blades fitted that enable them to run, jump and play with their friends.

Sarah has also founded a helpline that provides practical and emotional support to victims of travel-related accidents, and Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope, named after her mother, which helps children overseas who have lost limbs through war, accidents and lack of access to medical care.

George Mathias

Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser of the Year: George Mathias

When Alder Hey Children’s Hospital saved his little brother’s life, George Mathias, now 11, wanted to say thank you.

He did so by raising more than £35,000 for the Liverpool hospital.

George’s sibling James was born seven weeks premature, spent five days in a coma and was close to death. But thanks to the staff at Alder Hey, he made a full recovery and is now a happy and healthy six-year-old. Grateful George wanted to find a way to help the hospital treat other children, and his dad Richard told him if he came up with an idea, he'd help make it happen.

George decided to run a mile for every month James had been alive.

But after reaching that goal, he didn't stop. George is now on his 99th mile and aiming for 100.

That's the equivalent of more than three marathons.

So far, George has raised more than £35,000 in sponsorship and from auctioning off signed T-shirts he has received from well-known supporters, including John Bishop and Steven Gerrard.

The first £25,000 has already been used to buy a specially heated cot for premature babies in the Special Care Baby Unit.

Moin Younis

Teenager of Courage: Moin Younis

Inspirational Moin Younis became a charity ambassador despite suffering from an agonising rare genetic skin disorder.

Doctors predicted young Moin wouldn't reach his first birthday because of the severe condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), which causes his skin to blister or bleed with the slightest knock.

Now 17, he has continued to defy medics and inspire others by being positive and active, determined not to let his daily problems and pain get in the way of fulfilling his dreams and ambitions.

Despite his disorder, Moin recently became a Young Ambassador of Birmingham's Acorns Children's Hospice.

He’s been cared for there since he was three months old, and as an ambassador he can now have his say in the way the hospice provides its care, while inspiring other children by offering advice and support.

Moin's condition means he lacks the critical protein needed to bind layers of skin together. Without this protein, the skin tears apart, blisters and shears off, leading to severe pain, disfigurement and wounds that never heal.

The disease means that Moin has to be covered in bandages every day, an agonising process that takes up to five hours, and cannot take part in activities that are normal for most other youngsters his age.

Dr Paul Stephenson Obe

Lifetime Achievement: Dr Paul Stephenson OBE

From taking on institutionalised racism to setting up a sports association with Muhammad Ali, Paul Stephenson changed the face of race relations in the UK.

As a young social worker in 1963, civil rights campaigner Paul led the successful 60-day boycott of a Bristol bus company that refused to employ black or Asian people, paving the way for Britain’s first race laws.

His campaign, inspired by Rosa Parks, directly resulted in the company revoking their colour bar.

He went on to achieve nationwide fame for refusing to leave a public house until he was served – in the face of their ‘no blacks’ policy. His resulting arrest and trial set the wheels in motion for the first Race Relations Act in 1965, helping to thrust race onto the national agenda and change public opinion about the treatment of black people living in Britain.

Without Paul’s efforts, it would have been difficult for Harold Wilson’s Labour government to bring in Britain’s first anti-discrimination laws.

In the 1970s, he struck up a lasting friendship with Muhammad Ali, setting up the Muhammad Ali Sports Development Association.

Together, they encouraged BME children to take part in sports they were not usually associated with, such as tennis and angling. In the following decades, Paul worked at the Commission for Racial Equality and the Press Council, to ensure minorities were being covered fairly in newspapers.

Now 80 and suffering from Parkinson’s disease, he continues to speak out against the effects of discrimination.


Child of Courage: Suzie McCash

When Suzie McCash’s mum collapsed and stopped breathing, the five-year-old leapt into action to dial 999. This extraordinary presence of mind saved her mum’s life.

Suzie, from North Tyneside, had been out to the park with mum Rowena.

But Rowena collapsed in the hallway when they returned home, after suffering a life-threatening allergic reaction to salicylates, found in oranges and almonds.

Suzie, then just four, dialled 999 and meticulously described her mother's situation to the emergency call handler, who guided paramedics to the family home in Tynemouth.

Suzie told the operator: “Mummy’s got her eyes closed,” and “I'm not sure if Mummy can talk.” She can also be heard opening the front door of her home to call on a neighbour – who wasn’t at home – before fetching her mum's EpiPen.

Suzie let the paramedics in, so they could administer aid to Rowena before taking her to hospital to be treated.

Paramedic Jamie Friend, who treated Rowena at her home, said: “When we arrived, Suzie made a beeline for me and gave me possibly one of the most professional and succinct handovers regarding her mum that I have ever had. From a child, it blew me away.”

Superintendent Nicola Musgrove said: "Had it not been for the quick actions of Suzie, Rowena would undoubtedly have died."

Prof Lorna Dawson

Special Recognition: Professor Lorna Dawson

Professor Lorna Dawson has pioneered forensic techniques that have helped solve more than 100 crimes and put some of Britain’s most notorious killers behind bars.

While she was studying at the University of Edinburgh, Lorna was shocked by the murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie, who were killed after a night out at The World’s End pub in 1977. Lorna was asleep in her halls of residence at the time. The victims were just 17.

The crime was forgotten and remained unresolved until 2014 when Lorna, now working in forensic science, was able to solve it using pioneering techniques. She was asked to re-analyse samples from the World’s End case and discovered tiny particles on one of the victim’s feet, which helped convict killer Angus Sinclair.

Lorna, 59, from Aberdeen, now runs one of the only laboratories in the world dedicated to forensic geology, and has solved cases in Britain and abroad.

She said: “Life is so precious, and if it’s taken away for whatever reason, particularly if it’s taken away by someone else’s actions, then I think there’s no cost that you should stop at to try and find justice, to find that person who’s done that.”

Katie Walker

Prince's Trust Young Achiever: Katie Walker

Katie Walker’s story is a real-life tale of triumph over adversity.

She dreamed of running her own beauty salon, but, trapped in an abusive relationship with her violent partner, she feared it would never become a reality.

One night, he beat her so badly he broke every bone in her face. Although he was later convicted and jailed, Katie shut herself off from the world, suffering from depression.

Her counsellor suggested she meet with the Prince’s Trust, and afterwards she began their Enterprise Programme for new businesses. With their support, Katie finally opened her salon in 2013.

Katie, 32, said: “It was the happiest day of my life. But I wanted to use it for something more than hair and beauty. I wanted to help people who’d struggled like I had.”

Now, as well as running her salon in Liverpool, she helps other victims of domestic violence.

Every year on the anniversary of the attack, Katie re-posts the photographs of her badly beaten face on social media. “Every time I post the photos, I give an update on the good things that are happening in my life now,” she says. “I want to show women going through this that there is a way out. There is life on the other side.”

Katie asks her followers to nominate someone who is going through difficult times and in need of a pamper and someone to talk to.

She says: “I know what it’s like to be rock bottom with no hope. It’s amazing what it can do for somebody’s self-worth, just knowing someone cares about them and wants to help them.”

The Grenfell Firefighters

This Morning Emergency Services Award: The Grenfell firefighters

The men and women who repeatedly went into the fire to rescue residents, climbing to the upper floors of the building despite exhaustion and the unknown risks, including the possibility that the building could collapse.

Outstanding Bravery: Wayne Marques, Charlie Guenigault and Keith Palmer (posthumous)

The police officers who tackled terrorists armed with knives during the London Bridge and Westminster attacks, suffering serious injuries whilst protecting the public, and, in the case of PC Palmer, paying the ultimate price for their courage.

Manchester Medics

Special Recognition: Manchester medics

From paramedics who braved the immediate aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing to nurses and surgeons who worked 24-hour shifts to save the lives of the young victims, the NHS response to the attacks, in which more than 220 people needed medical treatment, showed the health service at its absolute best.

The Grenfell Community

Special Recognition: The Grenfell Community

The people of Grenfell and the wider community came together in a remarkable effort after the tragic events of June 2017 to provide shelter and comfort, showing the strength and power of the human spirit to overcome adversity.



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