Manchester Survivor Freya Lewis Receives an Award from Louis Tomlinson at NHS Heroes Awards

From ITV Studios nnTHE NHS HEROES AWARDS nMonday 21st May 2018 on ITV nnPictured: Young Fund Raiser Award: Louis Tomlinsonnsurprises award winner Freya Lewis nnYoung Fundraising HeronFreya 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 £24,000 to thank the medics in the unit that helped to save her life. Freya is also training for a fundraising run.nnSir Elton John, Dame Shirley Bassey, Simon Cowell, Boy George and Amanda Holden lead the tributes at the star-studded NHS Heroes Awards.nnAs part of national celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, an array of stars and special guests will celebrate the extraordinary, life-changing work of NHS staff and volunteers.nnHosted by Paul O¿Grady, the glittering, red carpet event will celebrate the real-life heroes within our NHS and give an insight into some of the incredible, life-saving and vital work that NHS staff do in Britain every day. nn© ITV nn nnFor further information please contact Peter Grayn0207 157 3046 [email protected] nnThis photograph is © ITV and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme THE NHS HEROES AWARDS or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com

During the NHS Heroes Awards in London on 14th May, one particular event which melted the hearts of the entire audience was when Louis Tomlinson presented 15-year-old bombing survivor Freya Lewis with the ‘Young Fundraiser Award’, after the latter raised over £40,000 for the hospital which treated her, and other victims of the 2017 Manchester Attack.

On 22nd May, 2017, 22 people were killed in a terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in the UK during Ariana Grande’s concert. Freya had been merely 3 meters away from the blast, and had watched her best friend Neil Jones fail to survive the attack with her own eyes. Despite the fact that doctors at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital feared for her recovery, Freya steadied herself and recovered quickly. She is now preparing to take part in the Great Manchester Run. Freya also organized many campaigns and donated a lot of money to the hospital, for which she was awarded the respective award.

On the evening of Monday, as Louis Tomlinson felicitated the young girl, she broke down on stage and cried until the former One Direction star embraced her and comforted her through the episode.

The Young Fundraiser Award was given to her as an acknowledgement for all her difficulties and trials at the young age of 15, and how she had given back to the hospital which treated fellow victims of the dreaded attack. Prior to receiving the award from Tomlinson, Freya had previously been acknowledged by fellow One Direction member Harry Styles, when the latter dedicated the title track from his album to her as he sang it in the BBC Concert Special on 30th August, 2017.

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