A GLASGOW schoolgirl says she is ‘honoured’ to appear in a book about Britain’s most inspiring people, written by Tipping Point host Ben Shephard.
Heather Bryson is one of 25 men, women and children included in Humble Herowhich started as a social media campaign on Ben’s Instagram page.
Heather, who won a Glasgow Community Champion Award last year, made exercise videos for people in care homes during lockdown and sold upcycled crafts to raise money for charities against the dementia.
The 10-year-old, from Robroyston, met the TV presenter when she won a prestigious Good Morning Britain award.
He said: “Heather is extraordinary, not only for what she has done at such a young age, but for the joy and enthusiasm with which she does it.
“His motto is ‘thumbs up and smile’, and you can see the smile has been returned to him by so many people.”
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The book, from Bonnier publishing house, includes stories of “ordinary people doing remarkable things to try to make the world a better place”.
Ben said: “Humble Heroes, which started online, has exploded into this remarkable book, full of stories from remarkable people. These are real people, real stories, real heroes. You may not know their faces, you may not know their names yet. But once you have met them, you will never forget them.
“I am thrilled to work with Susannah and Bonnier’s energetic and enthusiastic team on this first book, to introduce you to these amazing people.”
Susannah Otter, from Bonnier, said: “There are many reasons not to be joyful in this world, so thank goodness for Ben and this book, a concentrate of optimism that will show people everywhere that doing something, no matter how small, can still make a difference.
Heather said, “I’m truly honored to appear in Ben’s book. It’s really exciting.”
Following her win at the Glasgow Community Champions, Heather was named one of 10 community heroes by funeral directors Anderson Maguire in their annual awards, and ITV’s Good Morning Britain presented her with the award for the One Million Minutes Young Champion category, announced live on the show by celebrity fitness. coach Joe Wicks.
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To cap off a spectacular year, Heather received a Point of Light award from Number 10 Downing Street, an initiative which recognizes exceptional people who make a change in their community, and met the Prime Minister twice.