An off-duty police officer knifed by the London Bridge attackers has urged those caught up in the atrocity to “remain strong” one year on from the rampage.
Charlie Guenigault, 26, was stabbed five times after tackling the jihadists with his bare hands on June 3 last year.
The Metropolitan Police constable had been enjoying a summer’s after-work drink when the trio began their murderous spree on the bridge and Borough Market, killing eight and wounding almost 50 people.
In a statement, he said Sunday should be a day of reflection for friends and families “who have had to suffer the unimaginable pain of losing the people that they loved”.
The Chelsea fan added: “I am reminded every day of the injuries that I received from the scars on my body – but there are also scars from the surgery that saved my life and every day I’m grateful that I’m still alive.
“To everyone else affected by the event either physically or mentally or both I say we need to remain strong and although at times it may be difficult we can all get through this and move on.”
Mr Guenigault said he would not be at a remembrance service at Southwark Cathedral on Sunday as he is on holiday with family.
The wrestling enthusiast, who was given a Pride of Britain Award for outstanding bravery, spent hours in emergency surgery and 10 weeks recovering at King’s College Hospital after the attack.
Last month he finished the London Marathon, raising funds for a new critical care unit for the south London hospital.
“They’re the ones who basically saved my life … it was touch and go for a moment,” he said after finishing the race, adding he was aiming to get back to work in the coming weeks.
Mr Guenigault thanked emergency services, medical staff and the members of the public who fought back against the attackers.
He added: “I would also like to thank my family and friends for all the support over the year. It means so much and has helped me through the last year.”