Meet our Heroes
Celebrating extraordinary men for their courage, bravery and spirit
The celebs came out in force for a glittering evening to mark our very first
best Heroes Awards.
Household names, including Eamonn Holmes, Olympic rower James Cracknell, GMB’s Charlotte Hawkins and Strictly’s Brendan Cole, gathered at the elegant St Ermin’s Hotel in central London in all their finery, for a gala dinner.
But the true stars of the night were the real-life heroes who were being honoured.
Nine extraordinary men who showed bravery and an uncrushable spirit in the face of the worst challenges life could throw at them.
From our oldest hero, World War II veteran Cyril Banks, 92, to the youngest, 20-yearold Will Bishop, who foiled two daring shoplifting raids, they shared one common characteristic… modesty.
‘I felt I didn’t deserve to be there when I heard what the other winners had done,’ said veteran Simon Brown, 38, who, despite losing 80 per cent of his vision, travels the country helping others.
‘I’ve never thought of myself as a hero,’ said Farhad Neda, 24, who saved his disabled mother from Grenfell Tower.
There were cheers, laughter and tears at this emotionally charged evening. But most of all there was love. The executive editor of best, Siobhan, described the event as a night that ‘ left you on a high… we celebrated the very best in human nature’.
NOW, TURN OVER TO READ ABOUT THE MEN WHOSE STORIES MADE US LAUGH, CRY, WHOOP AND CHEER… OUR HEROES!
Best’s executive editor, Siobhan Wykes, joined Eamonn Holmes to honour nine real-life heroes