Liverpool fans tuning into the Daily Record Pride of Scotland Awards on Wednesday night will recognise two familiar faces during the ceremony.

Back for a second year, the inspiring ceremony at South Queensferry’s stunning Hopetoun House will be presented by Kirsty Gallacher and Nicky Campbell and be shown on STV.

As always the aim of the prize giving ceremony is to celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things and honour unsung Scottish heroes.

In addition to the annual prize giving, there will also be exclusive performances from viral singing sensation Nathan Evans and band The Fratellis.

And two Anfield greats in the shape of Sir Kenny Dalglish and Steven Gerrard will also take part in the ceremony.

Gerrard has taken time out of his busy schedule as manager of Rangers to send a special message to Aaron Hunter, who has this year been rewarded with the Child of Courage award.

The 10-year-old schoolboy from Falkirk has faced battles to survive since birth but now has a new lease of life thanks to the world’s first 'heart in a box' transplant on a child.

Aaron was born with hypo-plastic left heart syndrome, meaning he had only half a heart. He underwent his first life-saving surgery just hours after he was born.

Further major surgery followed, but an operation when he was three failed and he suffered a stroke that left him partially paralysed. He was in intensive care for five months.

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Doctors said Aaron was unlikely to survive beyond another year, but in 2018, a suitable heart was found for Aaron, but there was a difficult choice to make.

The organ had been kept pumping outside a human body in a pioneering ‘heart in a box’ procedure.

A UK programme to use it on adults began at Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge in 2015, but Aaron would be the first child anywhere in the world to undergo this new type of transplant and mum Stephanie had to sign a special consent form to allow the operation to take place.

But the surgery was a success, and today Aaron is a boy transformed, and Gerrard believes the youngster is an inspiration to us all.

He said: “Congratulations on winning your award. Despite all you have been through you have always shown incredible strength and bravery. You are an inspiration to all of us mate."

While Dalglish had his own special message for Gerard Morrison after he was awarded the Outstanding Bravery award.

The pensioner from Port Glasgow sprang into action during a violent knife attack, saving a woman’s life and fighting off her attacker.

Waiting in a housing association office in Greenock, the 72-year-old acted when staff member Lynn Robertson was stabbed 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. These actions allowed Lynn to flee behind a door into another office, and once she was safe, Gerard threw the chair at the attacker and ran to seek help.

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The man was later arrested and was jailed for life last year for attempted murder, while Lynn sustained a deep wound to her arm and another to her body which penetrated her liver.

She then underwent surgery and made a slow physical recovery but was left permanently scarred as well as traumatised by the attack in September 2019.

And Dalglish said of Gerard's bravery: "I know you are a Celtic supporter and although they weren't champions last year in their mind and everyone else's mind you are the champion this year."

The Daily Record Pride of Scotland Awards, in partnership with TSB, will be broadcast on STV (tomorrow) at 8pm and on STV Player on 28th July.

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