NORTH East star Denise Welch has backed the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards. The team travelled to the region yesterday on its tour of the country as the nomination process for this year’s awards hots up.
The Pride of Britain coach will travel more than 800 miles, spanning the length and breadth of the UK, in search of the most extraordinary people in the country.
Ahead of the event, presented by Carol Vorderman, Denise placed her nomination and spoke about the success of the awards.
The actress, who writes a column for our sister paper The Chronicle, said: “The Pride of Britain Awards are without doubt everybody’s favourite awards event I the calendar.
“The same words come tumbling out – inspiration and humbling – and they’re given to exceptional people for exceptional circumstances.
“I’ve been a great supporter and I look forward to it every single year.
“It’s great that Carol does such a brilliant job at hosting with so much compassion, so I look forward to seeing which worthy recipients are there this year.
“I am going nominate a friend of mine who I met when I was in Coronation Street when she asked me to get involved in a charity of hers.
“Her two children suffered from a condition called Hunter syndrome which meant they would die young.
“She had a daughter with leukaemia who needed a bone marrow operation to survive. Sadly the two boys died but the little girl has survived and the charity set up has raised £2million in those boys names.
“I think my friend would be a worthy winner.”
TV presenter Vorderman, who has presented the biggest TV event of its kind for the past 14 years, waved off the Pride of Britain team on their mission to find the most extraordinary people in the UK. Every year, millions of TV viewers tune in to watch the awards, sponsored by Lidl.
Last year, Prince Charles and the Prime Minister David Cameron joined Olympic heroes Mo Farah and Bradley Wiggins and stars such as Pierce Brosnan, Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow to honour the winners.
The Pride of Britain coach began its journey on Monday and is also visiting London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.
Carol Vorderman said: “It’s always a great honour to present the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards each year and meet such extraordinary, courageous and awe-inspiring people.
“We’re looking for those people who really make a difference and who are so inspiring they deserve a Pride of Britain award.
“If you know someone who deserves recognition, just pick up a nomination form at your local Lidl store and send it to us or nominate online.”
Nominations for the awards can be made at www.prideofbritain.com or by picking up a nomination form at your local Lidl store before August 16.
The awards will be held at the Grosvenor House in London’s Park Lane in October.