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Spotlight shone on unsung heroes

Rescue workers who saved a woman swept away in a flood and a lollipop lady who was seriously injured protecting children from an out-of-control car are to be honoured at an awards ceremony today to celebrate the country's unsung heroes.

Paul Eastment, 46, Chris Missen, 25 and Martin Blaker-Rowe, 33, will be recognised at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards for rescuing a woman passenger swept from a car in surging flood water in Umberleigh, Devon.

The trio, part of an RNLI rescue team, will be honoured alongside 50-year-old Karin Williams, a lollipop lady who suffered serious injuries after diving into the path of an out-of-control car to save the lives of children outside Rhoose Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Mrs Williams, who will be recognised for her outstanding bravery, endured eight hours of surgery after being left with two broken kneecaps, a broken elbow, a broken shoulder and a badly swollen face.

The 15th year of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards will be marked by a gala ceremony in central London hosted by broadcaster and presenter Carol Vorderman.

The event has been backed by more than 100 stars and public figures including David Beckham, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, and global sports star Usain Bolt, the si x times Olympic sprint champion and fastest man in the world.

Beckham will be shown presenting the teenager of courage award to Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani teenager who shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' education.

He told her: "You're an amazing young lady, a very special young lady, and your story has moved millions of people around the world.

"I'm so privileged and honoured to present this award to you."

Other unsung heroes to receive awards at the event include the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in recognition of their long fight for justice. The award will collected by Margaret Aspinall, chairman of the Hillsborough Families Support Group.

Other unsung heroes to be recognised include eight-year-old Harley Lane, from Stockport, Cheshire, whose legs and arms were amputated to save his life after he suffered meningitis as a toddler. The schoolboy raised more than a £1,000 earlier this year in a sponsored run earlier this year using new prosthetic limbs.

Clifford Harding, 36, from Birmingham, who volunteers as a youth worker with vulnerable children, wins the Prince's Trust young achiever award.

Passers-by Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, from Cornwall, Amanda Donnelly, 44, and her daughter Gemini Donnelly-Martin, 20, will also receive a bravery award for their actions in the aftermath of the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south east London earlier this year.

The Pride of Britain awards will be screened on ITV at 8pm tomorrow.

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