Heart Heroes Wales

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 Cymru Supporter Day are as follows:

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: Jack Casey. Eight-year-old Jack is his family’s little miracle. During his heart surgery, his family were told to say their goodbyes and nearly lost him. But Jack proved that he has true fighting spirit. He has been left with brain damage, epilepsy, severe learning difficulties, ADHD and growth deficiency. His parents were told he’d never walk or talk, but he’s proved them wrong. In fact, he’s a little chatterbox.


Heart Health Professional

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: Michelle Johnson. After being involved in a horrific car accident in 2013 and needing intensive physiotherapy to help get back on her feet, Shelley wanted to give something back to the NHS. For the past two years she has volunteered at the Cardiac Rehabilitation service at the University Hospital of Wales, running the exercise sessions. What really shines through is Shelley’s personality: she is a highly motivated, enthusiastic and caring person, a tremendous asset to the Cardiac Rehabilitation team.

Finalists: Dr Gethin Ellis and Dr Adrian Raybould


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: Jovita Jones. In 2011 Jovtia suffered a heart attack and through genetic testing, was diagnosed with Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH), a genetic heart condition where you are born and live with high cholesterol. As well as having to contend with her own heart problems, Jovita lost her father and mother to a heart attack, as well as two of her brothers. With such strong family connections to heart attacks, Jovita began volunteering with BHF Cymru two years ago. In this time, Jovita has raised £20,000 for the BHF through organising events, such as a sponsored walk, a concert and a garden party.

Finalists: Peter Barker and Captain Beany


Young Hero Award

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: Charlie Cronick. Seven year old Charlie has had open heart surgery twice, four cardiac procedures and is currently waiting for more open heart surgery. But his strong spirit has made him more determined to help others with heart disease. Charlie has raised over £1,500 for the British Heart Foundation and cardiac ward at Bristol children's hospital. He said when he's older he wants to "raise millions for ill children".

Winner: Sam Galvin was born with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) which means the left side of his heart did not form correctly during pregnancy and his heart is unable to pump blood around the body effectively. But Sam does not let his condition get him down. He is always smiling and happy to talk to people about his fight to raise awareness of his condition.


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 winner:

Giorgio and Huw: School friends Giorgio Baglioni and Huw Gaskin helped save the life of a local father called Gavin Forward when he had a cardiac arrest outside the Belle Vue pub in Merthyr Tydfil. The teenagers had learnt CPR skills when they were in the air cadets together and when they saw Gavin collapsed and not breathing, they sprung into action, working as a team to keep his airway open and do chest compressions for about 15 minutes until the ambulance arrived.