It won't have been the first time Sir Rod Stewart has made a lady cry, but on Monday night Katie Walker was left sobbing tears of joy at the Pride Of Britain Awards thanks to the actions of the 1970s heartthrob.

Katie, who runs a beauty salon in Liverpool which provides victims of domestic violence with a safe place to share their survival stories while receiving a pampering, was onstage with Rod and his wife Penny Lancaster, who were presenting the 32 year-old with the Prince's Trust Young Achiever award.

But that wasn't the only thing he presented to her. He also gave her business an impressive £10,000 ($13,211) cash boost.

Rod Stewart

Rod and Penny with Prince's Trust winner Katie Walker at the Pride of Britain Awards. Credit: PA

"I am very proud to be British tonight, I tell you," Sir Rod told the star studded audience. "Isn't it wonderful? And in saying that, I would like to donate £10,000 to your business to keep it going and up and running."

Visibly shocked, Katie covered her face and broke down in tears onstage. But then Sir Rod upped the ante even further. "And I'm sure Lord Sugar would double that...?" he said, though we're not actually sure if that's happened or not.

Still, it was well-deserved icing on the cake for Katie, who opened her salon, in 2013 with support from The Prince's Trust.

Rod Stewart

Credit: PA

The beautician had herself been the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her former partner, who broke every bone in her face with a savage attack that left her needing months of surgery to reconstruct her face.

She is currently expanding her business to not just train other women who have suffered domestic abuse in hair and beauty techniques, but also train them in counseling to add extra support for those in need.

Rod Stewart

Credit: PA

Presenting Katie with the award, Lady Penny gushed at the wonderful work Katie has done. "Rod and I have been ambassadors for many years, and you are exactly why the Prince's Trust set up the awards," she said.

"You are a true inspiration, and your voice has echoed across to so many women that need to have that opportunity to say, to express their troubles, and I honour you tonight and thank you very much."

Words: MIscha Pearlman

Featured Image Credit: PA

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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