Mark Lynn - 26th April 2010 - 28th September 2018
Mark Lynn from Ballymena, Co Antrim was one of the winners of the Young Heart Hero Award at our ceremony in 2018.
Tragically, the eight year old died just days before he was due to attend the Awards with his family. In Mark’s honour we are naming the Young Heart Hero Award after him for the 2019 Heart Hero Awards.
Mark made a massive impact in his eight years. He was born with complex congenital heart disease and underwent four open heart surgeries and numerous cardiac procedures since he was a baby. Mark was later diagnosed with heart failure but with a smile on his face and pure determination, he went on a mission to raise cash and spread awareness about congenital heart disease. Mark held a number of fundraising initiatives for the BHF and helped us raise awareness any way he could.
Mark fought hard through his short life. He lived his life to the full. His parents Donna and Geoff didn’t hold him back and he took part in everything he could. He battled against so much but still had a smile on his face. He dedicated himself to raising money for and awareness of the BHF and for such a young boy made a massive impact on everyone he met.
Inspiration award - Sarah Salami
Sarah learnt CPR skills at school using the BHFs Call Push Rescue kits. Just two weeks later her Dad had a cardiac arrest at home and Sarah used her new skills to save his life, she was just 14 years old at the time.
Since then Sarah has given interviews on TV and attended the BHF parliamentary event on Restart a Heart day last October. Sarah’s impact can’t possibly be measured because it continues as she helps us more and more. Sarah is one in a million!
Young Heart Hero - joint winners Laura and Calum
Calum was born with heart disease and has had four open heart operations. Ahead of Calum’s surgery in 2017 he wanted to share with people what happened in the run up to his operation, on the day and his recovery. We worked with the BHF to produce a series of films.
We are so proud that even when Calum was lying in intensive care he wanted to raise awareness and we feel he is a shining example of a ‘Heart Hero’.
Laura Honeyman was born with a heart defect and has had seven operations, two heart attacks and 23 different procedures, leaving her unable to exercise.
She was 14 when she contacted the BHF about wanting to make a calendar called ‘Hidden Disabilities’ and since then Laura has become the face of our All Star Games schools initiative. Laura deserves this award for her attitude to her illness and willingness to help her fellow heart patients and the BHF.
My Healthcare Hero –Liana Shirley
Liana is the North Wales Physiology regional trainer and part-time Physiologist for the newly established integrated heart failure project funded by the BHF.
The community based service manages complex heart failure patients in one of the most rural areas of North Wales and made a significant improvement in patient care so the scheme was rolled out across North Wales. She has demonstrated determination to make a difference for so many years and is so worthy of this BHF Award.