Prince William leads tributes to awe-inspiring staff at the NHS Heroes Awards

Prince William will hail the National Health Service as “one of our country’s greatest treasures” on Monday evening.

His accolade is a high point of the NHS Heroes Awards, brought to you by ITV and the Mirror to mark the 70th birthday of the institution which has saved so many lives.

Celebrities including Michael Sheen, Dame Shirley Bassey, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Sir Tom Jones and stars from Coronation Street, Holby City, Casualty and Call the Midwife will be taking part in a celebration of the awe-inspiring winners at the red carpet bash at the Hilton in London.

In a message to be played at the event, guests will hear William say: “The National Health Service is one of our country’s greatest treasures and something we should all be immensely proud of.

“Perhaps the most wonderful thing about the NHS is its people. The skill, care and dedication they provide every day is
truly inspirational.

“I would like to pay tribute to every member of NHS staff and the wonderful volunteers who do so much to support them – we owe you all a huge thank you.”

And to make it a really royal occasion for the winners Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will present a special award.

The amazing winners will collect their awards from an array of stars, led by host Paul O’Grady, who are all eager to celebrate their extraordinary dedication, skill and often life-changing work.

Winners drawn from the full range of frontline NHS services across the UK include an inspirational surgeon who saves the lives of knife and gun victims on a daily basis – and saved the first ­stabbing victim of the London Bridge terror attack.

There is also a 70-year-old midwife who has been delivering babies in remote and extreme conditions for 50 years, and a pair of doctors who pioneered a non-beating heart ­transplant procedure that has helped save many lives.

The UK’s first female professor of surgery will also be recognised for her incredible work over decades and for being a role-model to other women.

Other winners include a mother who raised more than £2million to fund cancer research after losing her son to the disease.

And a teenage girl who suffered serious injuries and lost her best friend in the Manchester Arena terror atrocity last year will be honoured for raising thousands of pounds for the specialist unit that saved her life.

Time to salute our awe-inspiring winners

Hero Doctor: Trauma surgeon Dr Martin Griffiths, 50, saved the first person stabbed in the London Bridge terror attack last year.

Special Recognition: Brain tumour victim Lewis Hine, 17, of Portsmouth, organises dances for ill teens who, like him, missed their school prom.

Emergency Lifesaver: Medics James Lafferty, Sherridan Best, Caroline Appleby and Vidar Magnusson were first on scene in 2011 when Thusha Kamaleswaran, five, was shot.

Young Fundraising Hero: Freya Lewis, 15, of Manchester, raised £40,000 for hospital after surviving Arena bombing.

Hero Nurse: Betty Macintyre, 70, from Oban, has delivered babies for more than 50 years in remote parts of Scotland.

Fundraising Hero: Lynn Lucas, of Newcastle, has raised £2million for cancer research.

Mental Health Champs: Paramedics Dan Farnworth and Rich Morton, of Blackpool, created PTSD charity Our Blue Light.

Pioneering Hero: Steven Tsui and Stephen Large, of Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambs, pioneered a new heart transplant.

Special Recognition: Sexual health worker Sara Rowbotham, 50, helped convict nine Rochdale groomers.

Hero Volunteer: After having prostate cancer, mechanic Errol McKellar, 59, of London, offered discounts to men who got checks – 46 were diagnosed.

Aneurin Bevan Lifetime Achievement Award: Prof Averil Mansfield, 80, was UK’s first female professor of surgery.


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