Pride of Britain Awards: Frank Lampard chased for donation by fund-raising cancer boy Jake Peach
 
October 7, 2009

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It was a moment that perfectly summed up the selfless spirit of the Mirror Pride of Britain awards.
Jake Peach, 12, picked up a Child of Courage honour as he battles leukaemia  yet one of his first concerns was about how raising cash for fellow sufferers.
Soccer-mad Jake, who has already made s600,000 for Londons Great Ormond Hospital, said: I spotted Frank Lampard in the audience. Hopefully Ill persuade him to give money to my charity.

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Jake, of Southend, Essex, spent a month in a coma after being diagnosed and had to learn to walk and speak again, a story that left many of the celebrity names in the audience close to tears.
In many ways that has for 11 years been  the secret of the Pride of Britain awards.

Pride of Britain Awards 2009 (pic: DM)

Its the only gala night thats not about the stars but about ordinary people capable of extraordinary things.
Last night it made you realise that is also a much-nee
ded tonic for our country, a shot in the arm of national pride and self-belief.
Tess Daly, who along with husband Vernon Kay handed Jake his award, summed it up as she said emotionally: I watched his video and was sobbing.
This time last year hed been in a coma. But hes raised s600,000 for Great Ormond Street. Hes so inspirational.
Vernon gave Jake an England shirt signed by the entire Three Lions team and joked about his own struggling team: Your inspirational speaking is amazing.
Can you have a word with Bolton Wanderers for 10 minutes?
Who among us could feel sorry for ourselves after hearing of his battle?
Or that of Levana Hanson, who lost her legs to meningitis? An eight-year-old girl who smiles a toothy grin despite unbearable daily pain and tells Girls Aloud: The reason I dont have legs is Im special.
Who can doubt the courage and strength of our armed forces when men like Royal Marine Sgt Noel Connolly are willing to hurl themselves on to a Taliban suicide bomber packed with 154lb of explosives?
Ray Winstone, who gave him his award, thought he was a hard man until he met the sergeant who saved 30 of his comrades.
On a rainy night in London, in the middle of a recession and a story of a nursery nurse who horrifically abused childrens trust the Pride of Britain Awards spoke up for the decent majority of our country.
Who could not be inspired by Teacher of the Year Jonathan Healey, who used Maths raps and football results to liven up sums at a tough Yorkshire school?
Corrie star Ryan Thomas  TVs Jason Grimshaw  said: Im just gutted we didnt have a teacher like you when I was at school. I might have learnt something.
Or fail to be moved by disabled Michael Seery, 65, who tackled a knife-wielding robber in his local bookies?
Then there are women like Jasvinder Sanghera, 44, whose charity Karma Nirvana has helped men and women fleeing forced marriages and domestic violence. Kids like Kelsey Deacon, who aged just four leapt into a scalding bath to drag baby sister Toni to safety.
Officers like Royal Military policeman Major Phil Packer who, despite the life-changing injuries he sustained in Iraq, has raised s1million to support soldiers.
Then theres MRI scanner inventor Sir Peter Mansfield, 75, handed a Lifetime Achievement Award by Gordon Brown and wife Sarah. The PM told him: Theres not much better than winning a Nobel Prize, except a Pride of Britain award.
Each year the awards leave Carol Vorderman, host for 11 years, moved to tears.
Each year, the judges this year including Sarah Brown, Dame Kelly Holmes, ex-Spice Girl Emma Bunton and ITNs Mark Austin  struggle to choose from thousands of acts of courage.

Pride of Britain Awards 2009 (pic: DM)

This years gala, on ITV1 at 8pm tomorrow, recognises dramatic heroism and also the quiet courage of working daily to change the world around you.
Like Doris Long, who discovered a passion for abseiling and raising money at 95.
Like Eunice McGhie-Belgrave, 75, who started a project to help kids plant vegetables and stay out of trouble. Or breast cancer sufferer Kristin Hallenga, 23, who has toured music festivals to raise awareness of the disease.
Chris Saunders bravery was of a different kind, asking the Princes Trust to help him after his heroin addiction and 176 convictions.
He has now helped countless youngsters change their lives.
He met Judge Ian MacKintosh, who had jailed him for the ninth and final time and made him see the error of his ways. Chris said: My friend died three weeks after this judge sent me to prison. That could so easily have been me.

Pride of Britain Awards 2009 (pic: DM)

Every year, these awards are all about extraordinary individuals, yet the show is always more than the sum of its parts.
Anyone needing a shot in the arm of national pridewatch Pride of Britain.

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October 6th, 2009

GETTING SHREDDED

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October 7, 2009

That is quite a dress, Little J! Taylor Momsen hits the New York City set of Gossip Girl in true wild-child fashion – check out that hot pink lipstick! – on Tuesday.

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October 6th, 2009

Scarlett Johansson

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Scarlett Johansson Had Nightmares About Catsuit
 
October 7, 2009

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson admits she was terrified she would spend most of her days trying to get in and out of her skin-tight catsuit for Iron Man 2.
The Hollywood beauty says she heard horror stories of talcum powder and stuck body parts when it came to squeezing into PVC costumes and she had nightmares about putting it on for the first time.
“Thankfully it went on pretty good,” she says. “After the first time of being like ‘Okay it might not go on’, you learn to do quick change and I could get in and out of that thing in a flash really.
“When I first saw it I was like ‘I’ve got to get into that suit and I’ve got to start doing it now!’ So it was just about seeing the suit and that was the challenge, getting into that suit and believing in the suit.”

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October 7, 2009

Rihanna

Rihanna has let success go to her head — and her mentor Jay-Z is furious, reports claim.
According to the National Enquirer magazine, the 99 Problems rapper is so fed up with the Umbrella hitmaker’s constant partying, he’s hired a bodyguard to watch over her.
“Jay has invested his heart and soul into transforming Rihanna into a superstar,” a source told the tabloid.
“But she’s been on a downward slide ever since the Chris Brown beating.
“He wants to keep an eye on Rihanna to make sure she doesn’t wind up in trouble. He’s unhappy that she appears to prefer partying to making music.”

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October 7, 2009
 

Russell Brand

Russell Brand has fallen hard and fast for Katy Perry — he’s reportedly “in love” with the singer!
The British funnyman has apparently told pals he’d give up his womanizing ways for the I Kissed a Girl hitmaker.
“I think I’m in love,” Brand told British newspaper The Sun.
“Russell has fancied Katy for ages and was like an excited schoolboy after they got together,” a source added.
“He really sees her as an ideal catch and is prepared to stop seeing other girls.
“He doesn’t want to talk about it yet as he doesn’t want to blow his chances.”
The source said the pair would soon be making their love affair public. “You will find out very soon,” revealed the insider.
“Katy knows about Russell’s reputation but finds him really charming and funny. She’s keen to make a go of it.”

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