This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield told ITV Calendar "it's not about the celebrities" at the Pride of Britain Awards.
The lollipop lady who dived in front a car to push a group of children to safety insisted she was not brave and was just acting in instinct to do her job.
Describing the horrifying incident in which a 61-year-old driver lost control of his car, Karin Williams said:
I don't remember pushing the children away. I just remember standing on the pavement with the children around me waiting to cross, and the next thing I knew I was on the ground with a paramedic leaning over me telling me not to move. I wasn't in pain. I was in shock.
I'm not brave. I did my job. It was pure instinct.
ITV News presenter Mark Austin has presented Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall with a special Pride of Britain award in recognition of her 25-year fight for justice for her family and the families of those who died in the Hillsborough disaster.
Coming on stage to a standing ovation along with Kenny Daglish, John Bishop, Jamie Carragher and John Barnes, she said her award was about the pride of Merseyside and thanked the people of Liverpool for supporting the families during their long search for the truth.
A lolly pop lady who threw herself in front of an out-of-control car to protect the schoolchildren she shepherds to and from school has been given an award for outstanding bravery at the Pride of Britain awards.
Karin Williams suffered severe injuries after she put herself between the vehicle and pupils in June.
Some of the children injured in the crash joined her on stage as she received her award from James Corden.
The families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster will be honoured for their long fight for justice tonight at the Pride of Britain awards.
The award will be collected by Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group.
Rescue workers who saved a woman swept away in a flood in Devon and a lollipop lady who was injured protecting children from an out-of-control car are just some of the heroes who will be celebrated at tonight's Pride of Britain awards.
The 15th year of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards will be marked by a gala ceremony in central London hosted by Carol Vorderman this evening.
The awards will be screened on ITV at 8pm on Tuesday.
Stars have been tweeting how much they are looking forward to tonight's Pride of Britain awards, due to be broadcast on ITV 1 tomorrow evening.
More than a 100 stars from the worlds of sport, music, business and television will attend the ceremony where Britain's unsung heroes will be praised for their bravery.