Staff from Specsavers Plymouth Group, including hearing and optical services in Armada Way, Sainsbury’s Marsh Mills, Plymstock and Saltash were proud to support the 2018 Plymouth Herald search for the city’s unsung community heroes.

The Awards

Now in their sixth year, Specsavers were once again headline sponsors of the awards, which recognised 39 nominees in 12 categories at an exclusive awards evening hosted by broadcaster Judi Spiers and Herald reporter Rachael Dodd.

Plymouth Community Hero of the Year

Specsavers also sponsored this award category. Director Dr Josie Forte came to the stage to award the title to John Phare, a ticket office supervisor, who bravely tackled a knife-wielding killer at Plymouth station. John rugby tackled the attacker to the floor and disarmed him in an attempt to save his friend and co-worker, who sadly later died of his injuries. The attacker was jailed for life.

A word from the Plymouth Group director

Dr Josie Forte, director of the Specsavers Plymouth Group, added: ‘John and all the nominees richly deserve recognition for their selfless acts. We are proud to support the Plymouth Herald Community Awards and offer our heartfelt thanks to all the winners.’

All the Plymouth Herald winners

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