He may not have won the coveted Pride of Britain local hero gong but charity founder Robert Breakwell got to rub shoulders with A listers at a glitzy London awards ceremony.
The dad-of-two was nominated for the accolade for founding the Pepper Foundation, which provides home nursing care to seriously ill children.
On Monday night he attended the swanky London Grosvenor House Hotel with fellow award hopefuls to find out if he had won the national title.
“It was absolutely spectacular,” said Robert. “It was amazing, just walking up the red carpet was enough for me.”
The local hero award went to 86-year-old Anne Scarfe from Plymouth who volunteers as a street pastor ensuring revellers get home safely after a night out.
“She really was a worthy winner,” said Robert, who was recently appointed chief executive of the Chilterns MS Centre and remains a patron of the Pepper Foundation.
“Being in a room with incredible people who have done so many amazing things was just inspirational.
“It was just great to represent the area and the charities.”
The awards ceremony saw everyday people rubbing shoulders with celebrities like comedian James Corden, X Factor judge Louis Walsh and footballer Michael Owen. Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband were also there.
Robert, of Aston Clinton, said: “Everybody just mingled. It wasn’t segregated, it was all one big occasion.”
Although Robert did not return home with the local hero award his wife Diane did have her picture taken with James Corden.