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

The Sun 1 month ago

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.

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.

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

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

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.”

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.”

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

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.”

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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