RISHI Sunak arrived at UK Times’s annual Who Cares Wins Awards this evening, where he met NHS heroes nominated for a top prize.
The PM will give a speech at the glamorous event before presenting a major award.
The Who Cares Wins Awards will this week celebrate heroes from across the health sector.
Our glittering ceremony – presented by Davina McCall and sponsored by The National Lottery – will see celebrities including Anthony Joshua, Jamie Oliver, Harry Redknapp, Mel B, Olivia Attwood, Susanna Reid, Ellie Simmonds and Katie Piper mingling with all our lucky nominees.
And you’ll be able to watch the event too, on Channel 4 and All 4 at 6.30pm this coming Sunday.
Mr Sunak took to the red carpet wearing a sharp, dark suit and blue tie.
There he met two health heroes – midwife Laura Mackie and nurse Doreen Robinson.
Ms Mackie set up Basingstoke Hospital’s Butterfly Suite, a special unit designed for parents whose babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth.
The mum-of-four from Thatcham, Berks, qualified as a midwife in 2003 and became a bereavement midwife six years ago.
She said: “Receiving news that your baby has died after carrying it for many months is devastating.
“As a bereavement midwife you can’t change what happened but you can have an impact and make a difference to the care the family receives when they come in to deliver the baby, and in the weeks and months afterwards.”
Ms Robinson was just 14 when she started volunteering at her local hospital.
Now 71, she is still working and gets up at 4.45am for the long drive to her job as a Sister at Solihull Hospital in the West Midlands.
And despite her two hip operations, one knee operation and seeing the NHS change dramatically over her 54 years of service, Doreen shows no signs of slowing down – and still works a 30-hour week.
The mum-of-two from Tamworth, Staffs, has seen many changes during her career – and once met Princess Diana when the late Royal visited Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham in 2013, where Doreen was working at the time.
She said: “Although the NHS is a different world now, the respect I have for my patients and staff never changes.
“I’ve always believed that the colour of the uniform doesn’t matter, as long as we work as a team.”
Who Cares Wins 2022
THE Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards will celebrate our dedicated healthcare workers in a glitzy ceremony hosted by the one and only Davina McCall.
It will be screened on Channel 4 and All 4 on November 27 at 6.30pm and these are the categories your health heroes could be in with a chance of winning:
Best Doctor – an NHS doctor – GP, hospital doctor or consultant
Best Midwife – an NHS midwife who has provided great care for a woman or her baby
Best Team – any NHS or healthcare team on the frontline and behind the scenes that has gone above and beyond the call of duty
Best Nurse – an NHS nurse in any ﬁeld
Best Health Charity – For a charity that has helped change lives
Unsung Hero – For someone who deserves to be recognised and celebrated for their work helping others
Young Hero – For youngsters that have gone above and beyond. Open to anyone under the age of 18
Mental Health Hero – For signiﬁcant contribution to mental health
999 Hero – For teams and individuals that have stepped up in a crisis
Visit UK Times’s Who Cares Wins awards page for all the latest awards news, interviews and red carpet photos.
The PM was joined at the Who Cares Wins Awards by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Health Secretary Stephen Barclay and Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan.
Sun doctor Zoe Williams was one of the award judges, alongside Claudia Winkleman, Christine Lampard, Tyrone Mings, Adam Kay, Penny Lancaster, Sun editor Victoria Newton and Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together.
Dr Zoe said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to be a judge this year but it definitely hasn’t been easy.
“Of the thousands of entries that came in, every single one was an amazing story of people going above and beyond to help others.
“While some were filled with hope, others were tough to read and heartbreaking — I’m not the only judge who choked up on more than one occasion.
“From the selfless young carer who saved her mum’s life, to the fearless midwife dodging bombs in Ukraine to look after expectant mothers, this year’s nominees are all winners and heroes.”
Dr Zoe added: “These awards are about much more than just one night.
“They’re a chance to make the real heroes of this country feel special and I can’t wait to meet them all in person.”
UK Times’s Who Cares Wins awards will be broadcast on Channel 4 and All 4 on Sunday, November 27 at 6.30pm.