Heart Heroes Midlands

Our annual Heart Hero Awards recognise and reward supporters, fundraisers, volunteers and partners who have made an exceptional contribution to our fight for every heartbeat.

We held our Midlands conference in the fantastic Medical School of the University of Birmingham where recognised those people who are helping us win the fight against heart disease.

 

Inspiration Award

Tristan Dawes

Competing in a muddy 5k obstacle course would be a challenge for anyone. But for Tristan Dawes who suffers from cerebral palsy and can’t walk unaided, it was an epic achievement.

Inspired by his great uncle and grandfather who had both suffered heart attacks, Tristan competed in the 5km Junior Mud runner in June 2015, raising more than £800.

His proud mum and dad were in the crowd cheering him on as he crossed the finished line on his walking canes.

Innovation Award

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Rebecca Breslin

When Rebecca Breslin suffered a heart attack brought on by a rare condition (SCAD) she was on a mission to ‘have the backs’ of other women going through the same trauma.

She single-handedly pushed for pioneering BHF-funded research into the condition, sought out other SCAD patients to form a support network and made sure they had a voice in the research.

As if that wasn’t enough, she was a leading light in setting up the new awareness raising charity BeatSCAD.

Young Heart Hero Awards

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Ellie Payne

Being born with a serious heart condition and facing open heart surgery at just ten weeks old has only made little Ellie Payne stronger and more determined. And despite facing huge challenges, the feisty four-year old and her proud family have raised more than £24,000 for the BHF. She’s even got a celebrity fan in Michael Eavis (Glastonbury Festival founder) who supports her annual children’s sponsored walk on his farm. One inspirational little lady.

Jasmine Page

jasmine page, heart hero winner

Jasmine Page has already been through more than some people endure in a lifetime: After being diagnosed as a toddler with a rare heart condition she suffered multiple cardiac arrests before undergoing a life or death heart transplant aged just 12.

Far from feeling sorry for herself, she’s started a fundraising page (You Can’t Stop the Beat) raising more than £21,000 towards a life support machine at the hospital that saved her life.

Luke Chapman

luke chapman, heart hero winner

After four open heart surgeries for a complex heart condition, nine-year-old Luke Chapman is still wishing one day he’ll be as healthy as other little boys. But that hasn’t stopped him hatching a plan to grant the wishes of other seriously ill children.

In 2015, while still in hospital, he came up with a cunning plan to raise funds every day for 365 days for the Wish upon a Star charity. Luke’s crazy stunts, which included a Star Wars Day, conjured a magical £28,000 for the charity.

Fighting Spirit Awards

kyle miller, heart hero winner

Kyle Miller

Kyle Miller was born with a hole in his heart, and by the age of five had already had two operations on his heart.

Kyle knows he has a ‘poorly heart’ just like Iron Man, and like his superhero, Kyle is planning to take on the world.

He’s put his super powers into fundraising for the BHF, and alongside his family has raised nearly £4,000.

Thomas Morrissey

thomas morrissey, heart hero winner

Thomas Morrissey is everything you’d want in a big brother. He’s always there for brother Kaiden who was born with a serious heart condition. At first, the trips to visit him in hospital were scary, but since coming home their bond has got stronger.

Thomas is always there to help feed him, change his nappy and most importantly, there for a never ending supply of cuddles!

Casey Johnson

Despite being born with a number of problems with her heart you will never see Casey Johnson without a smile on her face. Her positivity has been an inspiration to her family.

Her mum has set up a support group for parents in a similar situation, whilst fundraising too. Casey is determined not to let her heart condition get her down and shows true fighting spirit.