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Harry honours Invictus Warriors at Pride of Britain Awards

Prince Harry last night paid tribute to British Invictus Warriors, who received a Special Recognition award at The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards.

The awards ceremony “the achievements of truly remarkable people who make our world a better place”. Presented by Carol Vorderman, people from across the UK were recognised for their charity work, heroics and inspirational actions. It airs on TV tonight.

A British team participated in Harry’s inaugural Invictus Games, which was held last month before The Prince’s 30th birthday, and were recognised with a Special Recognition award.

David Cameron, Jason Manford, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Amanda Holden, Peter Capaldi, Cheryl Cole and Alan Carr are just a few of the names that were at the awards ceremony, which was hosted at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Prince Harry said of the 103 men and women who were Invictus participants via video message: “To fight for your country takes courage but to move beyond life changing injuries takes an extraordinary level of grit and determination.

“I can only begin to imagine how challenging the journey of recovery is, but the admiration I have for these men and women is limitless.

“Using the power of sport to enhance recovery, the Invictus Games highlighted how those who have been wounded should be recognised for their achievements post-injury rather than being defined by any limitations of injury.”

Captain David Henson accepted the award, alongside Derek Derenalagi, Michaela Richards, Gary Prout, and Joe Townsend. All five of them had suffered injury, including brain injury after a car crash, and losing both legs whilst on tour in Afghanistan – Derenalagi was pronounced dead after his vehicle was hit by an IED on the scene, but survived losing both his legs. These men and women overcame their adverse situations to compete in the Invictus Games alongside participants from 12 other countries; Townsend won four golds at the Games.

Prince Harry furthered his praise for the winners, saying:  “The Invictus games shone a spotlight on the incomparable character of servicemen and women and their families.

“Their stories move, inspire and humble me. They are as amazing as they are unique and I am absolutely delighted that the team is receiving this Pride of Britain Award. Well done guys and enjoy the night.”

The Prince’s Trust works with the Pride of Britain awards, and Georgia Hardie received The Prince’s Trust Young Achiever award.

Also honoured at the award ceremony was Stephen Sutton, who lost his battle with cancer in May this year, aged 19. He was posthumously awarded a Pride of Britain Special Recognition award, the first of its kind, after raising more than £3 million for Teenage Cancer Trust during his life, and a further £2 million after his death; he accepted an MBE from The Queen before he died.

 

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