Heart Heroes South East

Thank you for nominating, and for voting for, our Heart Heroes of 2017. The winners were announced at the South East Supporter Day at the King's College London on 23 June 2017.

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. 

Dana Edkins heart hero 2017Inspiration

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: Dana Edkins’s life changed after she was diagnosed with ARVC, a rare disease of the heart muscle. But, despite Dana’s own struggle the diagnosis became the motivation to help others and over the last year she has organised a series of ingenious fundraisers that have raised over £8,000. 

Finalists: Claire Flint and Rebecca Sheppard, Bianca and Nikkita Sartori Sigrist, David Blood

Maia Wiggett heart hero 2017Fighting 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: Maia India Wiggett: Two year old Maia has had a remarkable start to her life. She was born with a heart defect and a rare throat condition that stopped her body getting the oxygen it needed. In the months that followed, Maia had to endure three complicated operations and months of intensive hospital care, but her phenomenal spirit that has seen her grow into a happy and active child. 

Finalists: Luke Ross, Jessica Dodson

Lee-Anne Penn heart hero 2017Heart 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: Lee-Anne Penn. As one of Jersey's Special Cardiac Nurses, Lee Anne Penn is well-known in her local community for her forward-thinking approach, friendly demeanour and commitment. Determined that her patients should have the best possible care, she has helped introduce specialist rehabilitation treatment to help heart patients in their recovery. 

Finalist: Professor Paul Riley

Jayden Corley heart hero 2017Young 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: Grace Butler. After learning of her uncle’s heart condition, nine-year old Grace Butler took it upon herself to organise a family fun day. Harnessing her entrepreneurial spirit she organised stalls and entertainments and approached businesses for raffles prize helping to raise £1,400. 

Winner: Jayden Corley. Jayden was born with tetralogy of fallot. Despite having to overcome many tough challenges in his life, Jadyen has had helped to organise a series of events called ‘Jayden’s challenge’ helping to raise thousands of pounds and awareness of heart conditions in children. 

Winner: Jack Turnbull. Jack was just six when his father had a heart attack at the age of 33. Jack never forgot how his dad’s life had been saved, and he organised a fundraising event at his school which raised over £1,000. 

Jersey Branch fundraising group of the year 2017Fundraising Group Of The Year

We also presented one of our annual community fundraising awards.

Winner: Jersey Branch. The members of this branch all have busy full-time jobs and have to give up their own time to work for the BHF. Their carefully cultivated network of relationships with supporters and community organisations has helped make them one of the BHF's most effective groups.


CPR Hero Awards

These awards were presented to people who have saved lives through their swift action by performing CPR when someone went into cardiac arrest. Awards were presented to the following winners:

  • Sacha Jenkyns
  • Ben Stevens, Rhodri Whittaker and Sam Seaborn
  • Vivek Bahri
  • Sarah Salami and Emily Mottershead
  • Jenny Grey
  • Ryan & Dom Burrows
  • Charlton Timms
  • Gloria Terrelonge

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.