Cliff Richard sends surprise message to Gerard, 72, who saved woman’s life in knife attack
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Gerard was given a Pride of Scotland award for his Outstanding Bravery in Port Glasgow as he sprang into action to help Lynn Robertson. Cliff Richard was thrilled to speak to Gerard, congratulating him on his award, and his taste in music.
Gerard was waiting in a housing association office in Greenock when one of the men waiting alongside him suddenly got up and approached the counter where staff member Lynn was helping customers.
He walked behind the counter and without warning, stabbed the 45-year-old mother in the stomach and arm with a serrated steak knife.
Gerard immediately jumped up and went to Lynn’s aid, grabbing a chair to strike the attacker.
His actions allowed Lynn to flee behind a door into another office.
Once she was safe, Gerard threw the chair at the attacker and ran to seek help.
The man was later arrested and was jailed for life last year for attempted murder.
Lynn sustained a deep wound to her arm and another to her body which penetrated her liver.
She underwent surgery and made a slow physical recovery but was left permanently scarred as well as traumatised by the attack in September 2019.
As he received the Outstanding Bravery award at the Pride of Scotland, Cliff made a surprise appearance via video link.
“Hi there Gerard, I am honoured and privileged to say congratulations Gerard for winning the Pride of Scotland award,” the singer said.
“It was for bravery. Now, I read the story, you were very brave.
“I don’t think I could have confronted anybody armed.”
“Congratulations to you,” he continued. “It’s a thrill for me to talk to you because they told me you were a fan of mine.
“So not only are you a brave man, you have impeccable taste. Congratulations!”
The Daily Record Pride of Scotland Awards returned this year with host Kirsty Gallacher and Nicky Campbell, OBE.
Other winners celebrated included the dad behind a viral video featuring children with Down syndrome which led to a inspirational movement challenging negative perceptions.
Also recognised was a schoolboy who has faced battles to survive since birth now has a new lease of life thanks to the world’s first heart in a box transplant on a child.
Hero police officers who saved two lives after a car smashed into a rural cottage setting
the home on fire, were also awarded.
And, a foster mum who founded a charity to help siblings separated by the care system to be reunited and create new, happy memories together, was recognised.
The Daily Record Pride of Scotland Awards, in partnership with TSB, will be broadcast on STV on 27th July at 8pm and available on STV Player.
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