Kym Marsh hosts Pride of Manchester Awards as city’s heroes honored
Kym Marsh will host the MEN Pride of Manchester Awards, in partnership with TSB, as the city’s unsung heroes are celebrated in a ceremony which will be broadcast on Youtube.
The 44-year-old former Coronation Street star will meet the inspiring winners in a once-in-a-lifetime celebration that will pay tribute to ordinary Mancunians who have done truly extraordinary things.
The Covid-safe show takes place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester and is sure to be filled with emotional moments and celebrity surprises, with the Pride of Manchester Awards premiering on YouTube on Thursday May 27 at 7pm.
Some of the big names expected from Manchester and beyond include David Walliams, Emma Bunton, Marcus Rashford, Steph Houghton, David Jason, Piers Morgan, Sue Johnston, Naga Munchetty, John Thomson and Amanda Holden.
All of this year’s Pride of Manchester winners will go through the selection process for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, which will be screened on ITV in the fall.
Kym Marsh said: “Manchester pride 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 spectacle wonderful.”
Gareth Lewis, Regional Director of the BST, says: “With so many amazing stories, judging this year’s Pride of Manchester Awards winners has not been easy.
“We are thrilled for all of the winners and especially our TSB community heroes, Claire and Chris, whose incredible work and dedication has helped support struggling veterans.
Among the winners is Christine Burns, 67, who will win the Lifetime Achievement Award for being a pioneering transgender activist who has played a pivotal role in helping her community campaign for vital human rights.
A new award for this year is the Marcus Rashford Children’s Champion. This will be presented to Christie Spurling, 45, who, after a difficult childhood, this inspiring mentor has dedicated his life to helping children like him have a better future.
Mike and Lucy Carroll, 37 and 36, respectively, will receive the special recognition award after spending five years fighting on behalf of their two sick children, as well as raising funds to help others facing the same fate .
The Emergency Services Award will be presented to Sgt Lee Valentine, 32, DC Marsha Selby, 29, DC Ashleigh Williams, 28, DC Tom Wright, 28, Adam Ward, 28, and Miah Uddin, 39 , from Manchester, who were British Transport Police officers who ran to tackle a terrorist knife at Manchester Victoria Station after a triple stab wounds on New Years Eve 2018.
Sam Thompson, 26, will receive a special recognition award after the rape survivor campaigned to raise awareness and reduce stigma and worked with police to advise them on how to treat victims.
Frank Rothwell, 70, of Oldham will receive the fundraiser of the year award for raising £ 1million for dementia research with a grueling transatlantic rowing challenge.
Meanwhile, the Young Fundraisers of the Year are Freddie Xavi, 10, and Hughie Higginson, 11, of Whalley, Lancashire and Higham, Burnley.
When his critically ill friend was too ill to take a charity walk, his best friend Freddie stepped in to help.
Mia Hignett, 9, from Middlewich, who, eight, saved her mother’s life by unblocking her airway after collapsing at home.
The Teenager of Courage Prize will go to 13-year-old Kiera Arnold of Oldham, who raised over £ 32,000 for the hospice which cared for her father in his dying days.
The Outstanding Bravery Award was won by Leroy Holcroft, 40, who is an elementary school teacher who dove into the sea on vacation to save the life of a teenage bodyboarder.
Claire Wright, 46, and Chris Squires, 38, will receive the TSB’s Community Hero Award after veterans set up a charity to help veterans and ex-service members struggling with life civil.
Finally, the Spirit of Manchester Award will go to Eden, 13, and Kaitlin, 10, of Ashton Under Lyme, who are young people who help their moms care for their disabled sister and have not left home. for five months to protect her from the coronavirus.
* The MEN Pride of Manchester Awards, in partnership with TSB, will premiere on youtube.com/prideofbritainawards this Thursday at 7 p.m.