Just hours after being named as the Pride of Britain during a star-studded celebration, the winners arrived in Downing Street yesterday for a tour of No10 by the Prime Minister.
The inspirational group, all clutching their silver statuettes, were joined by their families in the grand Pillared Room where they met David Cameron.
And as soon as the premier walked in, he made a beeline for cheeky Child of Courage Harley Lane who had the audience in stitches as he received his award from Nicole Scherzinger.
Along with millions of ITV viewers, Mr Cameron witnessed the eight-year-old refusing a kiss from the X Factor judge at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel during the glittering Pride of Britain Awards – sponsored by Lidl.
He thought he had been invited to Clarence House to discuss his groundbreaking way of teaching maths with charity officials
Prince Charles gave the Royal seal of approval to one of our inspiring Pride of Britain winners in a hilarious surprise moment.
Clifford Harding thought he had been invited to Clarence House to discuss his groundbreaking way of teaching maths with charity officials when Charles himself walked in to tell him he had won the Prince’s Trust Achiever category at the Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards tomorrow night.
He told him: “Due to all your hard work you have won. Can you believe it?”
Clifford, 36, was so stunned that he literally sat dumbstruck and struggled to respond. Charles nodded his head and laughed at his reaction.
Then, when he had recovered his composure, the pair chatted about how Clifford set up his organisation with the help of the Prince’s Trust to use rhymes to help children learn their times tables and generally improve their numeracy. He even performed one of the rhymes for Charles.
Clifford Harding has been awarded for teaching children new ways to improve numeracy skills
Clifford Harding, centre, with Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Mike Leddy, left, and Lady Mayoress Pauline Leddy.
HE IS the Pride of Britain and the pride of Birmingham too after millions of TV viewers watched maths maestro Clifford Harding scoop a national award for his unique way of teaching youngsters their times tables.
The 36-year-old won the Prince’s Trust Achiever honour during ITV’s Daily MirrorPride of Britain Awards for overcoming long term unemployment and dyslexia to be an inspiration for the next generation of children by teaching them maths to rhymes.
And Harding, also known as NK after his company New Kreations, got a “ten out of ten” from Birmingham Lord Mayor Councillor Mike Leddy who called his journey to success “a fascinating story”.