Little Britain star David Walliams gave a very special teen a massive surprise this week when he disguised himself as a penguin keeper at London Zoo.

16-year-old Alice Pyne was diagnosed with terminal Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when she was 12, and has spent much of her time campaigning for more bone marrow donors – more than 40,000 people have registered after reading her blog.

Walliams surprised Alice while she was on a family outing at the zoo with the news that she had won a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award.

“I didn’t notice David at first because he was wearing a uniform,” the Little Britain fan told the Daily Mirror. “And I was stunned when he told me I’d won a Teenager of Courage Award.”

“What you’re doing is incredibly brave,” added David Walliams. “You’re turning what could be negative into a huge positive. We’re all amazingly proud of you.”

The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards are being held in association with Lidl, ITV1, Daybreak and the Prince's Trust in London on October 29. They will be televised on October 30 at 8pm on ITV1. Pride of Britain celebrates the achievements of truly remarkable people who make the world a better place. It’s the biggest national event of its kind in the UK.

Hosted by Carol Vorderman, the Awards attract an audience of around seven million viewers every year in a primetime slot on the ITV1 network in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – making it the highest rated awards show of its kind on British television.

Among those who have taken part in the annual event are HRH Prince Charles, Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Victoria and David Beckham, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Sir Paul McCartney, Bono, President Bill Clinton, Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Richard Branson, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams.

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