14/08/2014 12:54 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Malala Yousafzai Presented With Pride Of Britain Award By David Beckham

Pride of Britain award for Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, the campaigning schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, has been honoured with a Pride of Britain award.

The 16-year-old was nominated by thousands of members of the public after her amazing recovery from near death at the hands of Taliban gunmen.

She was shot at on a school bus near her home in Pakistan's Swat Valley after she refused to stop campaigning for education rights for girls.

After lying in a coma for eight days Malala was brought to the UK for treatment, where surgeons at a Birmingham hospital fitted a titanium plate to her damaged skull.

Last night, she was given her Daily Mirror Pride of Britain accolade by David Beckham at a star-studded event at the Grosvenor Hotel.

The stunned teenager told the sporting hero: "I didn't know you would be here."

Presenting Malala with her award, David told her she was an 'amazing young lady' whose story had moved millions.

"I'm privileged to present this award to you," he said.

Malala told him it was 'an honour' to be given the accolade, and that it would help her to continue with her campaigning.

Since moving to the UK and starting as a pupil at Edgbaston High School, the schoolgirl has founded the Malala Fund which helps to finance schooling for young women in disadvantaged countries.

The Mirror reports that dedicated Malala is now tipped to be named as the youngest-ever recipient of a Nobel Prize later this month.

What an amazing girl.