Rod Stewart left in tears at heart-wrenching Pride of Britain Awards Makes you proud

Rod Stewart discusses his marriage to Penny in 2018

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Rod and his wife Penny were just some of the celebrities who turned out to congratulate and honour the winners of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, which airs on ITV this Thursday at 8pm. As well as acknowledging the achievements of so many brave and courageous individuals, the night also honoured the NHS and emergency services for the work they do tirelessly both pandemic related and non-Covid related. However, the legendary singer became emotional when he spoke about two individuals who had really touched his heart with their story.

Kacper Krauze was saved by part-time fire-fighter Steven Warton in February 2019 when the 13-year-old sank to the bottom of the freezing River Eden in Cumbria.

The youngster had been under the water for 25 minutes when Steven arrived on the scene and went against all protocol to save the boy.

He dived into the water without his safety gear on and managed to pull the youngster from the water to receive emergency treatment.

For his tireless work, the part-time firefight will be awarded the This Morning emergency services award during Thursday night’s coverage of the event.

With a room full of celebrities expressing their admiration for Steven, Rod shared his thoughts on how he felt hearing the story.

Speaking with Express.co.uk and other press, the emotional musician said he “didn’t know” of any other event which would make him “cry”.

The emotional musician stated the story he’d heard of bravery and courage from Steven “[made him] proud to be British.”

His wife Penny praised the efforts of the NHS and emergency services as she added: “With the pandemic, we realised how important the emergency services and the NHS were.

“I think this is a perfect opportunity to be able to have the unsung heroes and the emergency services celebrated.”

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“So this is why we’re so proud,” she continued, with her husband once again stating it made him “feel proud to be British”.

This Morning presenter, Phillip Schofield, also said: “There’s so much negativity in the world. There’s a lot of negative views and when you look at a night like this, it’s incredible.

There’s still incredible people doing amazing things,” he remarked and viewers will be able to watch Kacper and Steven recalling their story during Thursday night’s coverage.

Rod’s wife Penny has always expressed her admiration for the NHS and the emergency services and in the last couple of years, she has been training to become a police officer.

Television cameras have followed her as she has gone out on patrols with the authorities and during her stints on Loose Women, she has spoken about her development in the force.

At the height of the pandemic last year, one of Penny’s friends contracted coronavirus and thanked the members of NHS for doing everything they could when they were turned away from the hospital.

Penny said: “A friend of mine, who had Covid-19 and was in a bad way, was taken to that hospital [the Princess Alexandra in Harlow].

“They said, ‘You’re young and you’re not in a state as bad as some of them, sorry, we’ll have to let you go, we don’t have room.'”

“They had to turn her away. That’s how full they were. It’s what it had come to but luckily the paramedics gave her the treatment she needed in the ambulance and back at home,” Penny said in an interview with The Sun.

Rod and his family have always been very giving to the Pride of Britain foundation and have made donations to the cause in the past.

Back in 2017, the legendary singer donated £10,000, something he announced when he took to the stage to present the Prince’s Trust Young Achiever Award.

The money went to a survivor of domestic abuse Katie Walker to help her grow her hairdressing business.

Watch the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, ITV, November 4, 8pm.

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