Amy Dowden in tears as schoolgirl with cancer takes award at Pride of Britain

Amy Dowden wipes tears at Pride of Britain Awards 2023

Amy Dowden was emotional at the Pride of Britain Awards as she watched a young schoolgirl being awarded the first accolade of the night.

The Strictly Come Dancing star has had to miss this year’s series as she is receiving treatment for cancer.

However, she joined hundreds of stars at the annual Pride of Britain Awards to witness unsung heroes being acknowledged for their bravery.

The first award of the night went to eight-year-old Freya Harris and her dog Echo.

The youngster achieved the Child of Courage Award after she was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer in 2021.

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It was after her diagnosis that Freya’s parents decided to get their daughter an Australian Shepherd puppy as a way of encouraging her to go for walks after spending time in hospital for treatment.

Exceeding all expectations, Freya didn’t just go for walks with Echo, she also took up the hobby of dog showing, following a dream she’d had since watching Crufts on TV with former dog walker mum Gemma.

The determined young girl not only competed at world-famous dog show earlier this year, but wowed the judges and came in second place in her category.

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While watching the well-deserved award being handed to Freya, Amy could be seen applauding the young girl while wiping tears away.

The Welsh dancer made another live appearance earlier this week as she chatted to Janette Manrara on Wednesday’s It Takes Two.

She updated viewers on her journey as she explained: “So I’ve got chemotherapy again tomorrow, session six so I’m over halfway – I can see the finish line.

“But I’m not going to lie, it is tough. But you know, I’m staying strong and positive.


“I just want to raise as much awareness as I possibly can and get everybody to check their chests!”

“Yes, and you are doing such a brilliant job at that,” Janette stated.

She went on: “What does it mean to you to have the Strictly family’s support? Because everyone is just so here for you, you know?”

“Everyone’s been amazing, everybody,” Amy answered. “From the dancers, hair and make-up, wardrobe, every department.”

The Pride of Britain Awards is available to watch on ITV1 and ITVX.

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