Prince William praises Britain’s ‘heroic’ first responders

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking to the Duke of Cambridge at the The Sun's Who Cares Wins Awards. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Prince William has praised Britain’s first responders as “heroic” for their courage to “face their deepest fears” in order to save lives.

The Duke of Cambridge made the comments during the Who Cares Wins award ceremony that was hosted by The Sun newspaper this week (Tuesday) in Camden, North London.

The Who Cares Wins Awards is an annual awards ceremony highlighting the dedicated work of doctors, nurses, midwives, surgeons, volunteers, researchers and charity workers.

This year’s event was held at the roundhouse and was attended by a host of famous faces from TV, Film, Politics, Music and Sport including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-England football captain David Beckham.

Also in attendance this year were Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert and Prof Andrew Pollard who helped spearhead the Oxford/AstraZenca vaccine.

Prince William, who has experience of emergency situations in his former job as an air ambulance pilot said:

“Every day, our emergency services deal with high pressure and challenging situations.

“While most of us would, quite naturally, turn away and seek safety, our emergency responders rise to the occasion, running straight toward the danger to provide vital — and often, life-saving — support.

“Very modestly, they will tell you that this does not make them heroes and it is all done in the name of duty.

“But sometimes a situation will occur that tests the resolve of even the most experienced responder.

“In times like these, they must face their deepest fears and find the most astonishing level of courage to overcome the obstacles in front of them. And that is truly heroic.

“The winners of this award faced just such a situation, but I am delighted to say they survived and are here this evening.”

The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards will be broadcast on Channel 4 and All 4 on Sunday at 7.30pm.

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