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Pride of Britain Awards 2015: The winners

The judging has taken place and the winners of this year’s Pride of Britain Awards have now been revealed.

They range in age from eight to 94, but they all have one thing in common, they have gone above and beyond to help others.

Their achievements will be celebrated at a special awards ceremony in London attended by television and music celebrities, sports stars and top politicians.

Here are the winners of each category:

  • Child of Courage - Bailey Matthews
Bailey completed his first triathlon in July. Credit: Family

Bailey hit the headlines in July after a video of him crossing the finish line at his first ever triathlon went viral and was seen by millions of people.

With the finish line in sight, the eight-year-old who suffers cerebral palsy pushed aside his walking frame, and despite falling over twice, enthusiastically ran towards the finish line.

The neurological condition affects muscle control, movement and speech and is usually caused by an injury to the brain before, during or after birth.

Bailey described to ITV News how the comedian David Walliams surprised him with the news he had won a Pride of Britain award.

  • Lidl Young Fundraiser - Amelia Gebruers

At just ten years old, Amelia Gebruers has managed to raise more than £21,000 for charity.

When she was eight her younger brother Joshua was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain condition and her dad Peter was suffering a terminal brain tumour.

Amelia wanted to do something to help and decided to sell cakes and lemonade and host a family fun day.

Unfortunately Peter died in February, but managed to see the incredible efforts his daughter had gone to.

  • Teacher of the Year - Elaine Wyllie

After hearing that the children were exhausted just warming up for their weekly PE lesson, head teacher Elaine Wyllie decided to take action to make the students at her school healthier.

Elaine, 59, introduced the “Daily Mile” scheme to ensure all pupils walk or run a mile each day.

Every child at the school now takes part for 15 minutes a day on a specially built circuit, as well as doing their usual PE classes.

They are energised and focused - and not one out of 57 children is overweight.

– Elaine Wyllie
  • Prince’s Trust Achiever - Duane Jackson

Now an entrepreneur, Duane Jackson was once a convicted drugs smuggler.

At 19, out of work and unable to pay rent, he joined a group of friends trafficking drugs.

He was caught with 6,500 ecstasy tablets in his luggage on a trip to the US and was jailed for five years.

On release from prison, Duane was determined not to return to crime and with help from the Prince’s Trust, set up his own software business, KashFlow, which was sold for a reported £20 million in 2013.

He gave £100,000 to the Prince’s Trust and now helps mentor young people.

  • Special Recognition - Joanne and Dan Thompson

Joanne and Dan lost their nine-month old baby daughter when she choked on mashed potato at nursery.

They decided they wanted to do something in her memory and set up Millie’s Trust. It campaigns for a change in the law and to train parents and nursery staff in pediatric first aid.

After a petition they set up was debated in parliament, first aid training will be compulsory from next year for new nursery recruits.

  • Outstanding Bravery - Dee Patel

Dee Patel prevented a potentially fatal high-speed motorway pile-up when a driver collapsed at the wheel.

The 49-year-old was on his way to a delivery job on the M25 when he spotted an out-of-control car that swerved into the central reservation and bounced off the barrier before veering back onto the carriageway at 70mph.

Dee accelerated and caught up with the car so he could attempt to stop it. He managed to push it against the crash barrier and it finally stopped.

“My heart was in my mouth. I didn’t know if I’d done right or wrong.”

  • Good Morning Britain Local Hero - Alice Burke

After Alice Burke was mugged on her way home from bingo in East London, she helped set up a residents’ association to campaign against crime.

She was threatened by thugs and had her car windows smashed but carried on. In the five years to 2013, crime in Hackney was down 44 percent. The council says Alice had a large role to play in this.

  • Special Recognition - British Ebola Aid Effort

More than 2,000 British aid workers, medics, servicemen and women risked their lives to help victims of the deadly Ebola epidemic spreading though West Africa.

Ebola has struck down nearly 28,000 people in Sierra Leone,Guinea and Liberia, and claimed the lives of over 11,000.

The efforts of British volunteers - who risked catching the disease - has been credited with the death toll not being far higher.

  • Emergency Services - Major David Cooper, Tom Waters and Dr Ben Clark
The team treated Leah Washington when she was severely injured in a rollercoaster crash. Credit: Pride of Britain

When an emergency team was called to a crash on the Smiler ride at Alton Towers, they ignored safety rules to reach the casualties that were trapped.

They had to deal with a partial amputation at around 35ft in the air to stem 18-year-old Leah Washington's life-threatening bleeding from an artery.

They also gave her a blood transfusion, despite not having all of their monitoring tools.

  • Child of Courage - Joshua Williamson

When Joshua found his dad collapsed on the floor following a heart attack, the eleven-year-old saved his life by performing CPR.

He pumped his dad's chest until paramedics arrived on the scene.

Now 12, he thinks all children should learn the first aid technique.

  • Outstanding Bravery - Peter Fuller

Peter stopped a man with a machete from murdering a shopper in a racist attack in a supermarket.

He saw a man covered in blood and another man hitting him with a hammer and machete.

Peter managed to get neo-Nazi Zack Davies to lay down his weapons and keep him calm before the police arrived.

Dr Sarandev Bhambra (pictured front) whose life was saved by the brave actions of Peter Fuller.
  • Special Recognition - Fred and Vivienne Morgan

Three years ago, Fred and Vivienne opened up their home to help vulnerable youngsters after reading the story of Simone Grice, a bullied teenager who committed suicide.

They transformed their 10-bed-home in Warwick into Northleigh House School.

The pair have 17 pupils, aged between 11 and 16, that are referred to them by the council because they are too depressed to go to mainstream schools.

  • Special Recognition - Jess Evans and Mike Houlston
Mike Houlston,Teddy's surviving twin brother Noah and mother Jess Evans Credit: Cambrensis

Jess and Mike found out during pregnancy that one of their twin boys was fatally ill with a rare birth defect.

They carried on with the pregnancy, having made the decision to offer their son Teddy's organs for transplant.

He died 100 hours after he was born and his kidneys and heart valves were donated.

  • Special Recognition - Walking with the Wounded

The charity was founded by two former army officers, after one of their nephews lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2009.

They have since organised treks to the North Pole and South Pole to raise awareness of the wounded and raise funds for the charity.

Walking with the Wounded has raised more than £10 million and supported over 2,500 people.

  • Teenager of Courage - Sohana Collins

Sohana Collins has skin so fragile that she cannot be hugged, yet she has helped to raise £3.5 million for her charity, The Sohana Research Fund.

A genetic condition means that a knock or a scratch to the 13-year-old can cause blisters and third-degree burns.

The money raised has helped fund a treatment trial for 10 children.

The Pride of Britain awards will be broadcast on Thursday 1 October at 8pm on ITV.

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