Louis and Chloe were awarded the Young Heart Hero category in the charity’s annual awards ceremony which recognise and celebrate the exceptional contribution of individuals and groups who are fighting for every heartbeat, such as heart patients who are campaigning for better services, fundraisers, partners, scientists and health professionals.
For Louis, 11 and Chloe, 14 their dad Neil was their heart hero. Last year, the fit paramedic clinical supervisor died suddenly from a heart attack aged just 52. Within weeks of his death, his grieving children started raising money for the BHF, setting up a Facebook page to honour their dad and selling pin badges in his memory. With many more fundraising activities in the pipeline, mum Helen says Louis and Chloe are her young heart heroes.
Louis and Chloe were presented with their award by BHF Chief Executive Simon Gillespie at a special ceremony at the University of Leeds with more than 70 people in attendance.
Simon Gillespie said: “Our annual Heart Hero Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional contribution that our supporters make to our fight against heart disease. And we’re delighted to recognise Louis and Chloe for their amazing work for the heart charity.”
The Heart Hero Awards have five award categories: Inspiration Award; Young Hero Award; Innovation Award; Influencing Award and Fighting Spirit Award. The winners were announced at BHF North Annual Supporter Conference at the University of Leeds, a free event where the charity’s supporters found out about local heart research, heard an update from Chief Executive Simon Gillespie and met other volunteers, fundraisers, patients and health professionals.
To find out more about future upcoming conferences visit bhf.org.uk/conferences