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The Pride of Reading

5 November 2013

Royals host heartwarming ceremony

The Royals were proud to host the Pride of Reading awards last Friday, and as ever it was a heart warming occasion for everyone in attendance.

Madejski Stadium was privileged to hold the event on its 10th anniversary, with the ceremony created a decade ago to reward those who have made special and remarkable contributions to the local area.

Among them were Child of Courage Paige Williams, a 10-year-old from Theale who has been battling leukaemia and was nominated by her school friend Gracie Brown.

The Young Person of the Year Award went to Tom Parry, aged 15, from Woodley who had recovered from heart surgery in 2011 then supported his mother through her fight with cancer.

Another 15-year old Chloe Bartlett won the Carer of the Year award.

There were plenty of Royals connections in the room too; the 'Local Hero' award went to Callum Davies and Adam Pottinger, for their remarkable bravery in coming to the aid of friend Jamie Smith - a loyal Reading fan who has visited us at Hogwood Park a number of times.

The pair were presented with a ball signed by Nigel Adkins' squad to pass on to Jamie, and our players would like to pass on their best wishes to one of their most resilient supporters!  

Also attending the awards was our mascot Kingsley, who made a cameo appearance as Phil Allen picked up the 'Smile of the Year' award for an ambitious project that saw the lovable lion launched into space! If you haven't seen it already, the video is well worth a watch here.

Chairman Sir John Madejski regularly attends the awards, and joined Chris Tarrant and co on stage at the close of the ceremony for the traditional sing song!

On behalf of everyone at Reading FC - we would like to congratulate everyone nominated on the night. 

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