Pride com­ing be­fore a bawl

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HAVE you ever cried so hard watch­ing TV that peo­ple walk into the room and won­der if you’ve in­jured your­self? Not many shows leave me look­ing like a panda but the Daily Mir­ror’s Pride of Bri­tain Awards on ITV on Tues­day broke me within eight min­utes. An all-time record. By the time Carol Vor­der­man was in­ter­view­ing the first win­ner, Teenager of Courage Joe Row­lands, I was draft­ing a let­ter of com­plaint to L’oreal be­cause my wa­ter­proof mas­cara had failed dis­mally. If you didn’t see the epic sobfest – and you should and still can on the ITV Hub – 14-year-old Joe res­cued his dad from the sea af­ter their kayak cap­sized and Paul lost con­scious­ness through hy­pother­mia. “I think we’re go­ing to die,” he told dad Paul be­fore they tried to swim to safety. I barely had time to re­cover be­fore we saw 11-year-old Ella Chad­wick, the Child of Courage win­ner, who has kid­ney dis­ease yet wrote 250 get well cards for fel­low pa­tients at Great Or­mond Street Hospi­tal.

A grin­ning Ella met David Beck­ham – she’ll ap­pre­ci­ate that even more when she’s older – while her mum and dad tried to re­main ca­sual. Staff at GOSH must have been briefed to the hilt be­cause nurses were not screech­ing or fling­ing them­selves at him. I MAY have be­haved this way.


Later we met ten-year-old Max John­son, who had a heart trans­plant and be­came the face of the Mir­ror’s opt-out or­gan donor cam­paign for Max’s Law.

“Thank you for mak­ing the law go through and all that,” said Max to Theresa May. Pos­si­bly the po­litest boy on the planet.

But it was the sight of his donor’s brave par­ents in the au­di­ence that floored me. Tragic nine-year-old Keira Ball was killed in a road ac­ci­dent – but her heart lives on in Max.

Other tear-jerk­ers in­cluded the Thai boys who were res­cued from a cave by Bri­tish divers, walk­ing on stage bow­ing, hands clasped, full to the brim with gratitude.

And then there was Life­time Achieve­ment win­ner Ed­die O’gor­man, whose voice cracked as he spoke of los­ing both his son and daugh­ter to can­cer.

“I couldn’t stop cry­ing,” said the 83-year-old, who founded Chil­dren With Can­cer UK. I wasn’t the only one left a mess. “If you need me I’m just here hav­ing a break­down watch­ing Pride of Bri­tain!” tweeted ac­tress Sian Gib­son.

But de­spite the emo­tional toll, it was a mega-dose of good­ness.

In a world of Trump and anti-semitism and ter­ror­ism and all those other scary things, it re­stores your faith in hu­man­ity.

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