THE Sun’s Who Cares Wins viewers broke down in tears as a hero who died rescuing a woman from the River Thames was honoured with the Ultimate Lifesaver gong.
Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole – known as Jimi – jumped into the freezing water after hearing cries for help.
Jimi’s parents sobbed as they accepted the late 20-year-old’s awardCredit: Channel 4
It was a selfless act of bravery that cost the promising 20-year-old footballer his life.
Picking up the award on his behalf, Jimi’s heartbroken parents Michael and Olasunkanmi, said through tears: “It is so sad he’s not here today.
“Thank you everybody.”
The moment, which aired moved viewers who had watched the heartwarming ceremony on Channel 4 tonight, celebrating the selfless nominees.
Jimi’s gong was handed to his parents by Sir Trevor McDonald at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards.
“So many incredible absolutely amazing people on this awards show. Making me emotional,” said one viewer.
Another said: “Somehow I’ve got very leaky eyes.”
Someone else added: “Wow #WhoCaresWins I am in bits.”
A viewer said: “These absolute hero’s on #WhoCaresWins make me want to be a better person.
“To give other people more time, to be more compassionate and thoughtful and generally just be an all round better individual.
“They are an utter inspiration every single one of them.”
Speaking to The Sun before the awards, Folajimi’s mother Olasunkanmi said: “I am certain that if Jimi had survived that night, he would have come home and not even mentioned that he saved a woman from the River Thames.
“He wouldn’t have spoken about it because he wouldn’t have wanted us making a fuss. That is the type of person he was.
“But that was Jimi — always trying to help others. After he died, an elderly lady who lives in our block told us that Jimi would help her with her shopping.
“He would carry her Tesco bags up the stairs and she told us, ‘I came to rely on him like a husband, because he was always there to help’. But we didn’t know about this until after he died — Jimi never thought to tell us.”
Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole’s proud parents say he is the ‘hero of all heroes’Credit: Stewart Williams
The promising 20-year-old lost his life trying to save a woman who fell in the River Thames
The Sun has partnered with NHS Charities Together and Channel 4 to televise the annual awards