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Karen's special Kay; TV comic Peter's shovely surprise for biggest fan.


THIS is the moment funnyman Peter Kay surprised one of his biggest fans - by telling her she'd won a Pride of Britain Award.

Pretending to play guitar on a double shovel, the TV star gave an impromptu performance for fundraiser Karen Johnson before giving her the good news.

Peter called the stunned 56-year-old on to the stage at a social club to reveal she will receive a Special Recognition gong.

Karen, who supports research into rare genetic and metabolic disorders, had no idea her idol was there until he joined in with a rendition of Johnny B Goode.

Although she was being filmed by ITV, she thought it was all part of a documentary about her work. She said: "I'm a massive Peter Kay fan and when he walked out, I couldn't believe it. He was pretending to play guitar on a double shovel.

"I thought it was all part of the documentary and it didn't sink in until he made the announcement. It was just fabulous. I feel so honoured."

The rock night was being held for Karen's GEM Appeal, which has raised PS2.6million for research to find a cure for genetic conditions. Her sons Mikey and Simon died from Hunter syndrome and she wants to spare other families the same agony.

Peter joined band Keep it Covered after slipping in through a fire exit. He then grabbed the mic to apologise for the pasties not arriving, before handing Karen an invitation to the glittering ceremony and telling her the good news.

Karen's daughter Katie, 26, who survived her own battle with leukaemia, burst into tears as she watched her mum on stage.

At the Fairfield Hospital Social Club, in Bury, Gtr Manchester, Peter also told Karen, from Rochdale, she would need to keep next I couldn't believe Monday night free for the event - so she wouldn't be able to go trick or treating.

It was fabulous.

The Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, honour Britain's unsung heroes.

Winners include inspirational fundraisers, people who have risked their lives to save others and those who inspire awe with the obstacles they have overcome. The star-studded event will be attended by Prince Charles, PM Theresa May and more than 100 celebrities.

Mikey and Simon both died at the age of 12. Karen started fundraising while her boys were terminally ill in the 1990s and launched the GEM Appeal in 1994.

She has helped fund research, including an enzyme therapy that has reversed symptoms in some patients.

Peter has raised funds for good causes, too, including through his dance-a-thon in aid of Cancer Research UK.

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"I couldn't believe it. It was fabulous. I feel so honoured KAREN JOHNSON WHEN PETER GAVE HER NEWS


PROUD MOMENT Karen with Peter Kay

TRAGIC FAMILY With Simon, Katie and Mikey

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Date:Oct 27, 2016
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