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British Heart Foundation: Heart Hero Awards 2022 ceremony and winners

The winners at the 2022 Heart Hero Awards – with as its media partner this year and supported by Laerdal Medical – were announced in a glittering ceremony last night in London which was hosted by Vernon Kay.

Young Heart Hero

There are many winners of this award, but those listed below attended on the night.

Ollie Banks, 10 and from Pontypool. Ollie has a congenital heart defect called Ebstein’s Anomaly and will require surgery to repair the faulty valve in the future. Ollie has raised over £1,000 for the BHF this year.

Connor Beck, 11 and from Renfrew, has raised thousands of pounds for the BHF in memory of his beloved uncle John Clark, who died suddenly in 2019.

Sienna Crook, 2 and of Chelmsford, who at just 14 months old suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and was subsequently diagnosed with eight heart conditions including the rare Brugada syndrome. Since her diagnosis several members of her family have also been diagnosed and have been fundraising directly to help find a cure for the condition.

Jacob Marsh, 12 and from Llantwit Major, who was born with a hole in his heart and with a coarctation of the aorta. He ran 50km in February 2021 to raise money for BHF while he was shielding from Covid-19.

Innovative Fundraiser

There are two joint winners for this award.

Paul Hobbs, from Somerset, walked a marathon two years after having major heart surgery and raised more than £10,000 for the BHF. He also created a new world record for the first man to walk 26.2 miles around a British pier.

Terrence ‘Woody’ Stone, who has raised thousands of pounds for the BHF to mark 10 years since his life-saving bypass operation, despite being almost 80.

BHF Corporate Partner

PureGym, which launched a three-year partnership with the BHF earlier this year aiming to improve heart health across the country. It is helping add hundreds more defibrillators to the national network and aims to raise £5 million to fund critical research into cardiovascular diseases.

Sustainability Partner

HSL handcrafts beautiful chairs, recliners, sofas and beds from its base in West Yorkshire and has been in partnership with the BHF since 2015. As well as donating all ex-display stock to local BHF home stores, staff are trained in CPR and almost £2 million has been raised for the charity to date.

Healthcare Hero

Helen Eftekhari, 56 and of Coventry, has worked as a nurse in heart health for almost 30 years and is now doing a PhD as part of a BHF nurses fellowship looking at Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS), a condition that causes an abnormal increase in heart rate after sitting up or standing. She also helped open one of the UK’s few specialist clinics looking at PoTS.

BHF Research Engagement

Professor Pablo Lamata‘s team has developed imaging and computational technologies to see what’s driving the blood flow through the valves. This helps them better understand what may be obstructing a valve, and also helps identify them so better strategies can be developed to treat them.

Outstanding Contribution

Máirtín Mac Gabhann, 31 and of Belfast, has devoted his life to raising awareness of organ donation since his son Dáithí was born with hyperplastic left heart syndrome. He has been on the waiting list for a heart transplant since and Máirtín has successfully lobbied the Northern Irish government for ‘soft opt-out’ organ donation and the new law will come into effect from spring next year.

CPR Hero

There are many winners of this award, but those listed below attended on the night.

Nathan Beale, 33 and of Coventry, was on a bus in 2014 when stranger David Newton had a cardiac arrest in front of him. He organised the bus, told someone to call 999 and carried out CPR while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. He saved David’s life and even went to hospital with his wife Joy to make sure she wasn’t on her own.

Kaylie Charlery, 33 and of Chelmsford, saved Sienna Crook, Young Heart Hero Award winner, with CPR and no first aid training although Sienna was only 14 months old at the time.

Lisa Hoddinott, 51 and of Coventry, saved the life of her partner and carer Nicki Evans in 2020 when Nicki suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at home. Lisa called 999 and lifted Nicki off the sofa to perform CPR and saved her life.

Aaron Lambley, of Shrewsbury, saved the life of a stranger when Guy Gower, then 18, suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while playing golf. He immediately realised what was happening and administered CPR while waiting for the defibrillator to be brought over from the clubhouse.

Adam Solkar, 19 and of London, came to his dad Raheel’s rescue when he suffered a cardiac arrest while undergoing chemotherapy. He carried about CPR for 15 minutes before paramedics arrived and saved his dad’s life.

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