Bravery award for Derry’s hero

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A Derry man who was stabbed nine times in the face when he saved an English woman from an attacker in Aldershot has been given a bravery award.

Ricki Grieve, from just outside Claudy, needed 30 stitches in his face following the horrific attack in July.

The teenager was stabbed nine times in the face, including six slashes to the cheek with a broken glass, after he came to the defence of a young woman who was attacked while they were walking home.

It was after the Derry Journal reported on the brave actions of Ricki on their website, that Ray and Vi Donovan from England heard his amazing story.

The Donovans run the Chris Donovan Trust, set up in memory of their son Chris who was brutally battered to death in May 2001.

The Trust gives awards to deserving people, however this is the first time anyone has been given a bravery award.

“We can’t think of anyone more deserving than Ricki,” said Ray Donovan.

Ricki (19) said: “I’d just like to say how much of an honour it is to receive this award from Ray and Vi Donovan, there are a lot more people out there more deserving of it but I was still the one they chose and I really appreciate that!

“Ray and Vi suffered a horrible loss losing their son to a street fight, Ray had told me how they had sympathised with the situation I ended up in, it’s incredible how strong they have been through that loss to set up awards and events as a result to keep his memory.”