The Daily Mail Pride of Britain 2009

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  1. Cpl Holly Percival receives Special Recognition award on behalf of the UK Med Group.

    Well done the medics, good skills.

    Keeping the Army in the Public Eye (KAPE).
    Sports legends Andrew Flintoff and Gary Lineker were caught up in a Taliban attack as they made a troop visit in Afghanistan, it has emerged.

    The cricket hero and former soccer star were in a forces dining room when an alarm warned of rocket fire - sending them and the soldiers diving for cover.
    The pair were at Kandahar air base to hand out an award for the Mirror Pride of Britain awards, the ceremony for which takes place later.

    Ashes winner Flintoff, 31, who was using crutches after knee surgery, said: "I thought it was a wind-up but then I saw everyone dive to the floor. It was scary."

    Recently-married TV presenter Lineker, 48, added: "Hearing that alarm really brought home what's going on. You take your hat off to these guys here."

    They handed the Pride of Britain award to Army medic Cpl Holly Percival, 24, on behalf of staff at Camp Bastion - the main UK forces base in the country. Four medics from her regiment have been flown home with serious injuries after tending to troops in the field.

    Recalling some of the people she has treated, Cpl Percival, from Watford, said: "One guy lost a leg and others had blast injuries, gunshot wounds, heat injuries and broken legs and I was having to treat them while being shot at. Source:

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