Sharon Stone ‘crying all night’ at Pride of Britain Awards ‘I was so honoured’

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Hollywood actress Sharon Stone, 63, has revealed she was moved to tears after meeting Pride of Britain Awards winner Hassan Alkhawam. The 24-year-old left Syria to start a new life in Northern Island and he now supports vulnerable members of his community. Sharon explained she was left “crying all night” after meeting Hassan who was presented with an accolade at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards which airs on ITV tonight (Thursday, November 4).

Sharon flew to the UK to attend the awards ceremony for the first time in its 22-year history to meet the award nominees, and Hassan’s astounding story of selflessness brought her to tears.

The former Syrian refugee, who has devoted his life to helping other vulnerable families, was presented with the Prince’s Trust Young Achievement Award at the Pride of Britain Awards ceremony at the weekend in London.

Hassan and his family fled their war-torn Syrian home and were given refugee status and rehomed in Northern Ireland in 2017.

Since arriving in the country, Hassan has transformed his life with support from The Prince’s Trust and is now studying software engineering at university.

Speaking to about Hassan’s story, Sharon explained: “He screams dignity and decency and integrity, compassion, gratitude all the things that you hope that young people today will find.

“And we’d love Hassan to recognise that first of all, we need immigrants and immigration, that we are all immigrants.”

The Basic Instinct actress said she was “delighted” when she learned Hassan moved to Northern Island because she is Irish.

Opening up about the emotional Pride of Britain Awards ceremony, Sharon explained: “Hassan demonstrates to us that we have to embrace that and reject. I have been crying all night.”

Hassan and his family lived as refugees in Jordan before being rehomed in Northern Island.

Since co-founding social enterprise NI Hyatt, which helps other refugees integrate, Hassan has helped more than 40 refugee families.

Sharon added: “This is a very beautiful and very touching thing. And when I read about Hassan, I was so honoured and I also so privileged to have this opportunity because I knew I had to meet him.”

“And every time that we meet someone who has this, we get to exchange this space, we become a little bit better.”

The star explained that meeting Pride of Britain Award winners helps “gives us a little bit more courage”.

“It just allows me to think back through my whole life and all of the different struggles and the different journeys that it takes just to survive. Surviving Life itself is quite a thing,” Sharon added.

“And especially more and more now, those of us who have survived all these things, infectious disease, and just in these last two years, it’s just been monumental.

“But for people like Hassan who survived war zones, we have to be a lot more compassionate, more holistic and a lot more thoughtful about what that means. Many of us haven’t been in the wars that he has.”

During the ceremony,  Hassan said it was a “dream come true” to be honoured for his achievements.

He told “I’m shaking, I’m still shaking. I cannot believe it. I’m holding it but it’s still unbelievable. It’s my best moment.”

A host of celebrity ambassadors attending this year’s heartwarming event as well as His Royal Highness Prince Charles.

The Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, air tonight on ITV at 8pm.

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