Brave Worksop boy Bailey Matthews meets David Beckham at Pride of Britain awards
Bailey Matthews, who has cerebral palsy, received a standing ovation as he walked on stage in his smart grey suit unaided at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.
The eight-year-old was nominated for the Child of Courage award after a video of him completing a children’s triathlon in North Yorkshire without his walking frame went viral.
Last night the youngster was presented with the accolade alongside host Carol Vorderman, Olympic and World long jump champion Greg Rutherford, diver Tom Daley, former track cyclist Victoria Pendleton and swimmer Rebecca Adlington.
And if that wasn’t enough, he then posed for photos with former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England footballer Beckham.
On a video on the Daily Mirror website, Beckham tells Bailey that his suit is ‘so cool’.
Beckham said: “I wish I had worn trainers, a lot more comfortable.
On Bailey’s achievement, Beckham added: “It is incredible, it is what the night is obviously all about.
“It is a special night.”
Bailey was diagnosed with a form of cerebral palsy when he was 18-months-old, a neurological condition that affects movement and co-ordination.
Bailey won the hearts of the nation and appeared on TV channels across the globe after completing the 100 metre swim, 4km bike ride and 1.3km run back in July.
Earlier this month he had been surprised by TV personality David Walliams on a sight-seeing trip to the Tower of London in which Walliams, who was dressed as a Queen’s Guard, told him that he had been chosen for the award.
Watch the Pride of Britain Awards this Thursday at 8pm on ITV.