“Thank you very much. This is a magnificent award and I never, ever anticipated that I would receive this award, particularly from you,” he told Jessica.
However, the plaudits didn’t stop there as Captain Tom was told Sports Personality of the Year would be naming a Young Unsung Hero Award in his honour.
The inaugural award went to Tobias, a nine-year-old with cerebral palsy and autism, who made it his mission to walk 50 metres up his local street during lockdown.
The youngster walked an entire marathon and raised over £150,000 for charity.