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Cambridgeshire doctors hailed as ‘NHS Heroes’ in glitzy ceremony on TV tonight

Two Cambridgeshire doctors have been honoured at a glitzy awards ceremony that's set to be aired on TV tonight (May 21).

Steven Tsui and Stephen Large work at Cambridgeshire's Royal Papworth Hospital and have been dubbed 'Pioneering Heroes' at the NHS Heroes Awards.

The pair made it possible to restart a beating heart allowing a new type of transplant. Their work means more people on the donor register can receive a heart, saving more lives.

Paul Grady with award winning surgeons Steven Tsui (left) and Stephen Large from Papworth Hospital (Image: ITV)

They are among the winners named by organisers ITV and the Mirror as part of the event celebrating 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Tonight's broadcast will show winning NHS staff collecting awards from an array of stars, led by host Paul OGrady, eager to celebrate their extraordinary dedication, skill and often life-changing work.

And the ceremony features a special message from Prince William in which he calls the NHS "one of our country's greatest treasures".

Among the other winners are an inspirational surgeon who saves the lives of knife and gun victims on a daily basis and saved the first stabbing victim of the London Bridge terror attack, and a 70-year-old midwife who has been delivering babies in remote and extreme conditions for 50 years.

Shirley Bassey with award winning surgeon Stephen Large (left) from Papworth Hospital (Image: ITV)

The UKs first ever female professor of surgery has been recognised for her incredible work across decades and for being a role model to many other women.

Award winners also include a mother who raised more than £2m to fund cancer research after losing her son to the disease, and a teenage girl who lost her best friend in the Manchester arena terror attack, and in spite of suffering serious injuries herself, has raised thousands for the specialist unit that saved her life.

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The NHS Heroes Awards is on ITV next today in a special two hour show from 8.30pm. Making it a real royal occasion for the winners, it features a special appearance by HRH Duchess of Cornwall, presenting a special award.

And celebrities such as Michael Sheen, Dame Shirley Bassey, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Sir Tom Jones and stars from Coronation Street, Holby City, Casualty and Call The Midwife paying tribute to some truly awe-inspiring people at the glamorous red carpet event held at Londons Hilton on Park Lane.

Prince William is set to deliver a message. Picture by Keith Heppell

In a special message played at the event, guests heard Prince William say: “The National Health Service is one of our country's greatest treasures, and something we should all be immensely proud of.

“Perhaps the most wonderful thing about the NHS is its people. The skill, care, and dedication that they provide every day is truly inspirational.

“I would like to pay tribute to every member of NHS staff, and the wonderful volunteers who do so much to support them – we owe you all a huge thank you.”

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The other winners

Hero Doctor

Dr Martin Griffiths, 50, received the Hero Doctor award. The top trauma surgeon works on the A and E frontline and saves lives on a daily basis of people who have been stabbed and shot. He saved the life of the first person stabbed in the London Bridge terror attack and in a huge coincidence, had also saved the victims fathers life when he operated on him following a brain aneurysm, several years earlier.

Special Recognition

Lewis Hine, aged 17, from Portsmouth received the special recognition award. Lewis, who has had a life in and out hospital due to having a brain tumour, organises dances for ill teens, who like him, have missed their school prom.

Emergency Lifesaver

An emergency team who saved the life of Britains youngest gunshot victim received the Emergency Lifesaver Award. James Lafferty, Sherridan Best, Caroline Appleby and Vidar Magnusson were the first on scene when in March 2011 five-year-old Thusha Kamaleswaran was shot in her uncles shop. The team had to perform delicate emergency surgery on her while she lay in the street in South London.

Young Fundraising Hero

Freya Lewis, aged 15, from Manchester, lost her best friend in the Manchester arena terror attack and was seriously injured herself. In the year since the attack, Freya and her family have raised over £40,000 to thank the medics in Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital that helped to save her life. Freya is also training for a fundraising run.

Hero Nurse

Seventy-year-old Betty Macintyre from Oban has been delivering babies for over 50 years in extreme and challenging circumstances in remote parts of Scotland. She has delivered two babies on a lifeboat as well as delivering several generations of the same families.

NHS Fundraising Hero

Lynn Lucas from Newcastle received the NHS Fundraising Hero award for raising more than £2million to fund research into the rare cancer that killed her teenage son. The money raised has paid for research scientists for 12 years who have made a breakthrough in medicine that slows down tumour growth.

Mental Health Champions

Dan Farnworth, age 32, and Rich Morton, 28, from Blackpool created Our Blue Light which helps all emergency services with PTSD after traumatic rescues or attending horrific scenes.

Special Recognition

Sara Rowbotham, age 50, from Manchester received the Special Recognition award. The NHS sexual health worker was the carer and confidante for the vulnerable children involved in the Rochdale grooming scandal and her evidence led to the conviction of nine child abusers.

Hero Volunteer

After having prostate cancer himself, garage mechanic Errol McKellar, 59, from London offered his male customers a discount if they got checked for the illness. He has advised 3,000 people about the disease and 46 men have been diagnosed as a result.

Aneurin Bevan Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Averil Mansfield, age 80, was born in Blackpool to a working class family. From an early age she set her heart on being a surgeon and became a leader in her field saving thousands of lives through pioneering stroke-preventing arterial surgery. She was the UKs first female professor of surgery, becoming a role model to women.

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