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Wife to a Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service crew commander, Louise Moody, has won a prestigious Spirit of Fire award at a virtual ceremony held by The Fire Fighters Charity and introduced by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.

Winning the Supporter of The Year: Dependant award at the Charity’s virtual awards ceremony, Louise was recognised for her tireless efforts planning and carrying out numerous fundraising events in the Charity’s name, after seeing the support it offered to her husband, Josh, and his colleagues over the years.

Her award was announced on the night by actress, comedian and author, Dame Julie Walters DBE.

The Fire Fighters Charity chief executive, Dr Jill Tolfrey, said of Louise’s Supporter of The Year: Dependant award:

“I am delighted that Louise has been recognised for her incredible work supporting The Fire Fighters Charity. The Dependant category is such an important one as it recognises those people who offer a listening ear at home and often bear much of the worry of having a partner in the fire service.

“Louise is known as a relentless fundraiser, so we are thrilled to be recognising her this evening. Congratulations Louise.”

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge introduced The Fire Fighters Charity’s virtual Spirit of Fire Awards via a recorded video message.

Opening the ceremony The Duke spoke of the challenges faced by fire service personnel in the wake of Covid-19, reiterating why it’s so important that they know where to turn when they need support themselves.

The Duke also announced the winner of the evening’s first award– the Special Recognition Award for Excellence in The Field of Mental Health – which was awarded to Shilla Patel, Inclusion Manager at London Fire Brigade.

A further 13 awards were announced by a host of famous faces over the course of the evening, including: Brian May CBE, Michael Sheen OBE, Dame Katherine Grainger, Clare Balding OBE, Simon Day, Reverend Kate Bottley, Jason Watkins, Adam Hills, Les Ferdinand MBE, Susanna Reid, Maddie Moate and Greg Foot.

The Spirit of Fire Awards recognise the fundraising and awareness-raising achievements of members of the UK’s fire services community in their support of The Fire Fighters Charity, as well as the courage of the Charity’s beneficiaries in the face of personal adversity.

Usually held in London, with a reception at No.10 Downing Street, the coronavirus pandemic meant that the Charity took the awards ceremony online in 2020 for the first time.