It’s not everyone who can say their name has been lit up across London’s BT Tower but six-year-old Tony Hudgell can lay claim to just that.
“He had a big smile on his face and his little legs were going, that’s what he does when he’s excited,” said his proud mum Paula.
It was to coincide with the fact that the little boy was crowned the Pride of Britain Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser after raising more than £1.5million for the hospital that saved his life as a baby.
Tony was just 41 days old when he was admitted to hospital with multiple fractures, sepsis and organ failure.
Abused by his birth parents, every one of his tiny limbs had been broken and he had been without medical attention for up to 10 days.
But foster carer Paula gave him a home with her husband and eight older children, and Tony thrived.
And on Sunday night his parents let him stay up late as a special treat so he could watch himself be broadcast to millions of viewers on the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB.
Siblings Kyle, 18, Jessica, 14, Jaden, 13, and Lacey, eight, were with their little brother at their home in Kent, to cheer and clap as they watched.
Paula told The Mirror: “Tony’s normal bedtime is 7pm but luckily for him he’s quite good at staying awake! If he could, he’d stay up all night. He’s a little monkey.
“All the children were in their pyjamas, we had popcorn for the kids and prosecco for me a