Heart Heroes Northern Ireland

Everyone who was nominated is very special and we are proud so many amazing people have the chance to be recognised for their fight against heart disease. 

We are delighted to announce the winners for our BHF Northern Ireland Supporter Day are as follows:

Young Heart Hero

For an exceptional young person raising awareness of the BHF's aims and ambitions. This person might be a heart patient, a campaigner, a blogger, a volunteer or a fundraiser. 

Winner: Carter Wickham (15) from Andersonstown who organised and took part in a charity cycle for BHF NI after his dad Keven suffered a cardiac arrest.

Winner: Mark Lynn (7) from Ballymena whose heart condition means he’s constantly in and out of hospital. But when this little hero isn’t in hospital, it doesn’t stop him from raising over £2,000 doing a variety of fundraising, for BHF NI and other charities.

Fighting Spirit Award  

This award will go to an individual or group of people who have been affected by congenital heart disease and used their experiences as a force for good.

Winner: Kirsty Clarke from Lisnaskea, who first became ill in 2008 and needed a heart transplant. Kirsty was a great charity fundraiser and raised awareness of congenital heart disease and acquired heart disease in children. Kirsty died very suddenly from a heart attack in January 2017. 

Finalists: John Gray and Nancy Marshall

Heart Health Professional Award  

This award will go to an individual who has shown drive and commitment to improve the lives of heart patients and/or their families. This could be BHF-funded scientists, cardiologists, cardiac rehabilitation instructors, pharmacists, GP's and nurses.

Winner: Tracy Jardine, a nurse specialist in inherited cardiac diseases at the Northern Ireland Inherited Cardiac Conditions Unit supports families who have been diagnosed with an inherited heart condition

Finalists: Eileen McConnell and Dr Patrick Donnelly

Inspiration Award

For involving and inspiring others in the fight for every heartbeat. This could be demonstrated through their fundraising efforts, taking part in a physical challenge, organising an event or volunteering activities.

Winner: The King Family from Eglinton who lost their 22 year old son and brother Kevin last November. Since then they have been tireless in their fundraising efforts to support research into the heart conditions that claim the lives of too many young people.

Winner: Hugh and Neil McManus. In autumn 2015, Hugh McManus suffered a cardiac arrest and was saved through CPR and defibrillation. Since then Hugh and his son Neil has used this terrible experience as a force for good. Over the past few months Hugh and members of Cushendall Golf Club have raised over £1500 for the BHF’s lifesaving heart research. They are also amazing advocates for CPR training. 

Finalist: Alister Smyth


The Heart Heroes event is part of annual supporter day events. If you are interested to hear about the work of the BHF, meet our Chief Executive Simon Gillespie and our funded researchers and see our science up close, you can find out more about your local Supporter Day here.