I could not be more proud to offer my congratulations to all Pride of Britain Awards winners.
These are Britain’s unsung heroes: people who have put themselves in the line of danger for others, who have persevered in the face of adversity, and whose selfless acts have helped to make other people’s lives better.
From children of courage to outstanding fundraisers, their achievements are extraordinary. Through what they have done they have also shown the tremendous bravery, decency and compassion that exists in our communities up and down the country.
This year I am also pleased that Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians are honoured this evening. Over the summer Britain watched with pride as our sportsmen and women gave it their all and brought home medal after medal, to the delight of the nation. Their performance was truly historic, and I hope it will inspire many generations to come. They have set an incredible example, showing how with talent, hard work and the determination to see things through, you can succeed.
This is something I thoroughly believe in. I want to ensure that Britain is a country where everyone – no matter what their background, or that of their parents – is given the chance to be all they want to be, and to go as far as their talent and hard work will allow.
I want to thank the Daily Mirror and ITV for bringing us the Pride of Britain Awards – there is no other night quite like it.
But I reserve my biggest thank you for all of tonight’s winners. Thank you for your inspirational courage. Thank you for what you have given to others and to your communities. Thank you for all that you have done.
I want to wish you all the very best.