The NHS Heroes Awards airs tonight on ITV and here’s all you need to know.
As part of national celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, an array of stars and special guests will celebrate the extraordinary, life-changing work of NHS staff and volunteers.
Hosted by Paul O’Grady, the glittering, red carpet event will celebrate the real-life heroes within our NHS and give an insight into some of the incredible, life-saving and vital work that NHS staff do in Britain every day.
Paul O’Grady said: “We will be honouring the incredible medical staff and also the dedicated work of porters, cleaners and of course the army of volunteers without whom the NHS could not function.”
The ceremony took place last week and will air on ITV tonight, Monday May 21 from 8:30PM.
Prince William, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Elton John, Dame Shirley Bassey, Simon Cowell, Boy George and Amanda Holden lead the tributes at the star-studded NHS Heroes Awards.
Celebrities such as Michael Sheen, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Sir Tom Jones and stars from Coronation Street, Holby City, Casualty and Call The Midwife will pay tribute to some truly awe-inspiring people at the glittering ceremony held at London’s Hilton on Park Lane.
Winners include an inspirational surgeon who saves the lives of knife and gun victims on a daily basis, and saved the first stabbing victim of the London Bridge terror attack, a 70-year-old midwife who has been delivering babies in remote and extreme conditions for 50 years, and a pair of doctors who pioneered a non-beating heart transplant.
The UK’s first ever female professor of surgery will also be recognised for her incredible work and for being a role-model to many other women.
Award winners also include a mother who raised more than £2m to fund cancer research after losing her son to the disease, and a teenage girl who lost her best friend in the Manchester arena terror attack, and in spite of suffering serious injuries herself, has raised thousands for the medics in the unit who saved her life.
Paul O’Grady praised: “I’m really pleased they asked me because the NHS is something that’s very close to my heart, literally! I mean, they’ve saved me on two or three occasions.
“I think it’s a long overdue awards for the NHS, it really is. So I’m delighted to be a part of it. Normally I don’t do things like this, and I do get asked. However, this one appeals to me, it’s a good one to be doing.”
And he suggested: “It should be a yearly thing.”
The NHS Heroes Awards, tonight at 8:30PM on ITV.