Chris Evans praised the NHS at Monday’s Who Cares Wins Awards, hosted by The Sun.
The awards, which celebrate NHS staff who go above and beyond their duties to help patients, saw staff from all over the health service awarded for their services.
He thanked the NHS for giving his mother Minnie Beardsall, an ex-nurse, “for the last 70 years, giving my mum a job”.Evans, who joins Virgin Radio in the new year, was at the ceremony to present the Best Nurse award to Kat Mayer.
Ms Mayer, who works at Lincoln County Hospital, trekked 10 miles to work in February during heavy snowfall.
“Stand up if you’ve been nominated, all of you, well done,” said Evans, before giving the award.
“Thank you so much. If we do go to a pub, they get to have a drink before the rest of us.”
'For every person who works for the NHS'
He called Ms Mayer “the lady who faced the Beast of the East in the face” before handing her the trophy.
‘I’m really honoured to be here and I’m absolutely gobsmacked, I didn’t think this would happen,” she said.
“I’m going to collect this for every single person who works for the NHS, especially the nurses. I work with a fabulous team at ULHT [United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust], I can’t be the best if I don’t work with the best, so this is for everyone at Lincoln County Hospital.”
Prime Minister Theresa May also attended the awards - and even threw in some of her now-famous dance moves on the way to the stage.
Among the other winners was Dr Peter Reynolds, a neonatal specialist who treated Frankie Thomson when he was born early at 24 weeks, making him the smallest baby in the UK to survive.
Dr Noorwalla Kassam, a GP from Salford, won best doctor, and Callum Beckett, a 13-year-old who survived a car crash that killed his grandad, was honoured as a Young Hero for fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he was treated.