Penny Lancaster is reduced to tears as she gives bone marrow donor Ronnie Musselwhite, 5, The Sun’s Young Hero award

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PENNY Lancaster was reduced to tears as she handed five-year-old Ronnie Musselwhite the Young Hero gong at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins health awards last night.

Spurs fan Ronnie bravely offered to give his older sister Ebonie a bone marrow transplant last year.

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Penny Lancaster was reduced to tears as she awarded Ronnie Musselwhite, 5, The Sun’s Young Hero award[/caption]

Eight-year-old Ebonie had leukaemia and it was her only hope.

Mum Christine Jenkins, 40, said: “Ronnie’s stem cells worked perfectly. They did what they were supposed to do but the leukaemia came back somewhere new.”

Ebonie, of Crawley, West Sussex, nominated her younger brother before her death in June.

Rod Stewart’s partner Penny chatted with Ronnie about his love of football and Spurs.

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Ronnie had bravely offered to give his older sister Ebonie a bone marrow transplant as she battled leukaemia[/caption]

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Penny said ‘the courage this little man has shown is absolutely incredible’[/caption]

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Spurs fan Ronnie was nominated by Ebonie before her death in June[/caption]

She said: “To say I am humbled to be here is an understatement. Sometimes you think life has turned a corner on you, but then someone else turns up to give you some inspiration.

“The courage this little man has shown is absolutely incredible. He’s only five years old, he’s lost a sister.

“He was incredibly shy to stand up in front of everyone to collect his award, but he again was so brave.”

Christine said: “We want Ronnie to know that what he did still worked, was still brave, even though he lost his sister.”

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Boris Johnson attended The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards ceremony – he was pictured holding Logan Clifford[/caption]

PM Boris Johnson was also at the awards — held at The Sun’s London HQ near The Shard — and paid tribute to our NHS heroes.

He presented an award to a pair of quick-thinking hospital porters who saved the life of a seven-week-old baby boy.

Nick Evans, 48, and Ruth Lowe, 47, sprang into action after Logan Clifford stopped breathing.

His parents, Sarah and Mike were visiting a relative at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, Shrops, when they noticed Logan’s lips had turned blue.

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He also embraced Ruth Lowe, one of the heroes who was granted the Ultimate Lifesaver award for saving little Logan[/caption]

Sarah’s screams alerted Ruth, who shouted for Nick. He grabbed Logan and performed CPR as he ran half a mile down the corridor to A&E.

Nick continued CPR until the resuscitation team took over – and the porters stayed by Logan’s parents’ side until they knew he was going to be OK. Sarah, 30, has called the two porters “my heroes”.

As he handed the pair the Ultimate Lifesaver trophy, the PM said: “The NHS is revered around the world, and in no small part due to the heroes working in it every day.”

He added: “My experience of the NHS is like everybody else in the NHS – one of admiration and love.

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The gongs were presented by a host of celebs, including Chris Evans who gave Liz Monaghan the Best Nurse award[/caption]

“It is the most extraordinary institution in the world. If our country was an omelette then the NHS is the egg white that holds the great British cake together.”

Virgin Radio DJ Chris Evans presented the Best Nurse gong to Liz Monaghan, 53. She set up the widely praised Purple Rose initiative, which aims to improve the care for patients – and their loved ones – in the last days of their life.

Liz, who works at the Florence Nightingale Hospice, based at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Bucks, said: “I’m a little embarrassed to have won. I’m a small part of a big team.”

DJ Chris said: “You’ve got to prepare yourself for nights like this because otherwise they hit you like an express train.

The winners

Best Neonatal: Professor Kypros Nicolaides

Best Health Charity: Matt Hampson Foundation

Best Midwife: Jane Parke

Best Nurse: Liz Monaghan

Groundbreaking Pioneer: Guy’s and St Thomas’ London Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) Service

Young Hero: Ronnie Musselwhite

Unsung Hero: Therapeutic Care Volunteers at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust

Mental Health Hero: Ben West

Best Doctor: Dr Matthew Boulter

Christina Newbury Memorial Award: Natasha Allergy Research Foundation

Ultimate Lifesaver: Ruth Lowe and Nick Evans

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The Best Neonatal Specialist award went to Prof Kypros Nicolaides after he performed ground-breaking surgery on baby Jaxson while he was in Sherrie Sharp’s womb[/caption]

“I only walked ten metres into the room tonight and I already nearly burst into tears three times.”

TV star Christine Lampard gave the Best Neonatal Specialist award to Prof Kypros Nicolaides, 66.

He was nominated by Sherrie Sharp, 29, of Horsham, West Sussex, for saving the life of her unborn baby son – and her own.

After scans revealed Jaxson had spina bifida, Sherrie was offered a termination. But she contacted Prof Nicolaides, a surgeon at King’s College Hospital, London.

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Christine Lampard handed the award to Prof Nicolaides, who Sherrie describes as her ‘guardian angel’[/caption]

He had saved her life 30 years earlier when she developed a rare blood disorder in her mum’s womb.

He agreed to perform ground-breaking surgery on Jaxson while he was in Sherrie’s womb.

Prof Nicolaides said: “I was delighted to be able to help.” Sherrie said: “He has saved so many generations of my family. He’s our guardian angel.”

The Who Cares Wins Awards were set up in 2017 by The Sun to honour the nation’s heroic doctors, nurses, midwives, other NHS staff and volunteers.

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The Christina Newbury Memorial gong went to the mum of allergy victim Natasha Ednan-Laperouse[/caption]

The Duchess of York presented an award to the parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, who died of an allergic reaction to a sandwich from Pret.

The duchess said: “Can I just say to The Sun, I think you’re incredible. Every minute I’m sitting there and thinking I’m so lucky. The NHS, The Sun and all of you, this is what makes Britain so great.”

Lorraine Kelly, who presented the awards, said: “Earlier on this year my dad was very sick and we honestly thought we were going to lose him.

“It was really difficult and it was only because of the efforts of the NHS he’s still here. It’s fantastic.”

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AJ and Curtis Pritchard and Deborah James presented the Best Health Charity award to the Matt Hampson Foundation[/caption]

Who Cares Wins Awards: The winners

BEST HEALTH CHARITY

Nominees: Superhero Foundation

Team Domenica

Winner: Matt Hampson Foundation

Former English rugby union player Matt Hampson set up a charity to help others after being left paralysed in a scrum in 2005.

BEST NEONATAL SPECIALIST

Nominees: Dr Vesna Pavasovic

Professor Massimo Caputo

Winner: Professor Kypros Nicolaides

Professor Nicolaides performed pioneering keyhole surgeon on Sherrie Sharp’s unborn son Jaxon. By extraordinary coincidence, as a young surgeon, he also operated on Sherrie’s mother when she was in the womb.

UNSUNG HERO

Nominees: Ben Slack

Rob Allen

Winner: Therapeutic Care Volunteers at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust

30 therapeutic care volunteers, who all have a learning or physical disability, give up their time to support patients with spinal injuries at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. They include Ify Nwokoro.

GROUNDBREAKING PIONEER

Nominees: Dr Helen Spencer

Girish Vajramani

Winner: Guy’s and St Thomas’ London Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) Service

Leia Armitage, eight, was born with a rare form of deafness and was never expected to speak. But she now can thanks to pioneering brain surgery and speech therapy carried out by Guy’s and St Thomas’ London Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) Service.

BEST DOCTOR

Nominees: Margaret France

Dr Bijay Sinha

Winner: Dr Matthew Boulter

Dr Boulter served in Afghanistan, teaches wild trauma to army medics and his surgery became the first in Cornwall to be given veteran friendly accreditation.

BEST MIDWIFE

Nominees: Charlotte Day

Nagmeh Teymourian

Winner: Jane Parke

Jane helped deliver the youngest surviving twin boys in Britain when they were born at 22 weeks last year. She flew 190 miles with their mum Jennie Powell to a specialist neonatal unit.

ULTIMATE LIFESAVER

Nominees: Dr Mark Forrest

Mike Merrett

Winner: Ruth Lowe and Nick Evans

Porters Ruth and Nick saved the life of Sarah and Mike Clifford’s seven-week-old baby Logan. He stopped breathing as they walked through the main entrance of The Princess Royal Hospital in Telford to visit a sick relative.

BEST NURSE

Nominees: Margaret Ballard

Carlton DeCosta

Winner: Liz Monaghan

Liz is the Matron of the Florence Nightingale Hospice in Aylesbury, Bucks, and came up with the idea for the widely praised Purple Rose initiative to improve the care for patients in the last days of their lives.

MENTAL HEALTH HERO

Nominees: Beth Gregan

Catherine Benfield

Winner: Ben West

Ben lost his brother Sam, 15, to suicide last year and since his death, has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness for mental health.

YOUNG HERO

Nominees: Bella Field

Kaitlyn Wright

Winner: Ronnie Musselwhite

Ronnie offered to help his sister Ebonie by giving her a bone marrow transplant when she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. Ebonie nominated her brother for his bravery before she died in June.


Strictly judge Shirley Ballas presented the Unsung Hero award to Ify Nwokora, a paralysed basketball player now part of a team of volunteers at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Ify said: “I’m in shock.”

The Sun’s Editor-in- Chief Tony Gallagher said: “When we began these awards we were blown away by the number of nominations from readers who wanted to pay tribute to their health heroes.

“This year was no different. The strength of feeling for those who go above and beyond across the NHS and in the charity sector is truly remarkable.”

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Ify Nwokora received the Unsung Hero award on behalf of a team of volunteers at The James Cook University Hospital[/caption]


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