Every year, the Pride of Britain Awards are held in the UK to award British people who have been brave in challenging and hard circumstances. The awards are presented by Carol Vorderman, and they first went on television in 1999.
This year, a 17-year-old boy with an excruciating skin condition won the award as he has defied all expectations that doctors had for him. He is indeed a brave man, and here is his wonderful story, as reported by LadBible.
Every day, Moin Younis goes through an enormous amount of pain due to a condition he was born with. He has lived his entire life with the rare disorder known as Epidermolysis Bullosa. This makes his skin easily tear and blister. Doctors said he wouldn’t live past his first birthday, but he has managed to defy their expectations. Interestingly, he took on the role of Young Ambassador at the children’s hospice Acorns. He helps the facilities give the best care possible as well as promote it on social media. That’s how he managed to win the Teenager of Courage category at the Pride of Britain Awards.
The judges said: “Moin lives with an incredibly painful condition and one with no cure, but he is so charismatic and has such an uplifting, positive attitude, he ends up inspiring everyone around him.”
Winning the award was special to him in many ways, but it didn’t compare to what came after the ceremony. The boy met one of his idols, David Beckham, after the football legend heard he was a massive fan of the club, Aston Villa. Younis was beyond excited, telling the former star player: “Oh gosh, that’s just amazing. I can’t believe it. This is the best day of my whole life. Growing up and watching you has just been amazing. I can’t get my hair as good as you.”
Moin shares details of his conditions. He explains that the feeling of cutting or burning yourself is how he feels all over his body. That’s why he wears bandages and has to replace them every day. This process sometimes takes as many as six hours a day.
Acorn’s Head of Care in Birmingham says: “He’s one of a kind. The challenges he faces every day are immense and I don’t know how he does it, how he carries on and maintains that funny and cheeky manner that we all love. Once you’ve met Moin you don’t forget him.”
“He takes on life with incredible courage and guts and he’s incredibly frank and open about his struggles.”
His speech received a standing ovation. “A lot of people take life for granted. While I am here I want to get the message out to people to enjoy life. Please, please get the most out of your life and make the most of what you have.”
Other people were praised, too. The Manchester medics who helped patients in the wake of the devastating bombing earlier this year received a special recognition. So did the Grenfell community for their work after the tower fire. This devastating event took more than 60 lives.
Three police officers, Wayne Marques, Charlie Guenigault and Keith Palmer, were also named for the Outstanding Bravery Award. They were awarded for taking down terrorists during the Westminster and London Bridge attacks in June. In the process, they were seriously injured.
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