Although all the celebrities and the great and the good are agreed that this is one night the focus is not on them there is one exception to that rule and that is the event’s red carpet.
As usual the Pride of Britain Awards are hosted this year by UK television favourite Carol Vorderman who made the most of her red carpet moment in a figure-hugging red dress that showed off the presenter’s hourglass figure. Carol is known for being in even better shape as an older woman than when she was first seen on our screens as the original Countdown presenter. Heaven help us if Rachel Riley gets better as she gets older!
Once inside the event Carol changed from her red outfit to a long white gown over a nude mesh ready for her role presenting the awards.
Other tv presenters looking particularly good tonight included Susanna Reid whose outfit really showed off her bust and we can imagine her ITV morning show producers licking their lips at the thought of a similar outfit making an appearance on the breakfast sofa and how many extra viewers it might draw in.
The awards are sponsored by The Daily Mirror, Lidl, ITV and The Prince’s Trust and are held at London’s Grosvenor House. There is no problem in getting a star-studded audience for the and award presenters for this event and this year amongst the many guests were the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini who wowed the waiting crowd with a backless evening gown (Cheryl, not the Prime Minister that is).
The evening is known as being highly emotional and we guess that many a tear was shed by the audience tonight as we expect will be the case when the highlights of the show are seen on ITV. It seems harsh to single any particular winner out but this year one person above all others has made a huge connection with the country. Cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton becomes the first ever posthumous winner of a Pride of Britain award as he wins a Special Recognition award.
Stephen became known throughout the land as his campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust quickly moved past the £10k target he had originally set himself. He was well-known for his trademark thumbs-up photos and by the time this May he sadly lost his battle against the disease he has raised well over £4m.
In fact before the Pride awards began tonight the total showing on Stephen’s Just Giving page stood at a massive £4.97m and it was no surprise that with a little encouragement those inside Grosvenor House added to the sum and it moved past the £5m mark.
You can watch the televised version of the 2014 Pride of Britain Awards on ITV tomorrow evening (7 October) starting at 8pm but we strongly recommend you get in a fresh box of tissues before you sit down to see the show and all the heroes getting awards.