Pride Of Manchester 2021 trailer
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Former singer Kym Marsh, 44, is once again preparing to take to the stage, to honour everyday heroes who often go unnoticed. This year, while ongoing coronavirus restrictions have once again ruled out the star-studded red carpet ahead of the event, bosses are ensuring that winners will be celebrated in style.
Pride of Manchester is so close to my heart, and I absolutely loved meeting this year’s amazing winners.
Kym who found fame with the band Hear’Say will be meeting Manchester’s unsung heroes at a coronavirus safe event, held at Manchester’s stunning Midland Hotel on Thursday.
Winners of the Pride of Manchester Awards will be put forward to receive a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award, in partnership with TSB, which will air on ITV in the Autumn.
Whiston-born Kym said: “Pride of Manchester is so close to my heart, and I absolutely loved meeting this year’s amazing winners.
“You can’t help but be inspired by their stories, and it’s a wonderful show.”
While TSB’s Regional Director, Gareth Lewis, added: “With so many incredible stories, judging this year’s winners of the Pride of Manchester Awards wasn’t easy.
“We are delighted for all the winners and especially for our TSB Community Heroes Claire and Chris, whose incredible work and dedication has helped provide support to struggling veterans.”
This year, celebrities including Spice Girls star Emma Bunton, Naga Munchetty, Piers Morgan, Steph Houghton and Amanda Holden will all be playing a part in the emotional evening.
Football ace Marcus Rashford will also be celebrating the first-ever Marcus Rashford Children’s Champion Award.
Winners this year include Christine Burns, 67, who is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Manchester-born Christine became a key figure in helping the transgender community campaign for human rights.
Christine’s own journey started in the 50s and in 1993 she joined the Press for Change campaign, campaigning for equal rights for trans people.
The group won a case in the European Court of Justice to protect employment rights.
In 1998 they won a High Court case over access to NHS treatment and in 2002 the European Court of Justice agreed to the right of privacy and the right to marry.
Marcus Rashford will be presenting the Children’s Champion award to Christie Spurling.
The 45-year-old was adopted by a white family at a young age, growing up in a village where he was just one of three black boys.
At the age of 30, Christie launched a project, N-Gage, reaching out to children who may fall through the cracks or at risk of educational exclusion.
Sam Thompson, 26, will receive the Special Recognition Award after campaigning to raise awareness and reducing the stigma for sexual assaults against men.
In September 2016, Sam was raped by two men but says he felt worse after reporting the horrific ordeal.
He says he was asked questions about his sexuality as well as made to feel as though he was lying.
Sam is now a Survivors ambassador, working with Coronation Street, advising soap bosses on the David Platt storyline. He also helps trains Greater Manchester Police officers on how to deal with male survivors of sexual assault.
Other winners include Sgt Lee Valentine, DC Marsha Selby, DC Ashleigh Williams, DC Tom Wright, Adam Ward and Miah Uddin who receive the Emergency Services Award after tackling a terrorist who unleashed hell at Manchester’s Victoria Station following a triple stabbing on New Year’s Eve in 2018.
The MEN Pride of Manchester Awards, in partnership with TSB, will premiere on youtube.com/prideofbritainawards this Thursday at 7pm.
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