Celebrities say thank you to the UK's Heart Heroes at the British Heart Foundation awards evening.
Polegate man awarded for quick first aid actions.
Local man Dan Dunbar has been awarded a CPR Hero Award by the British Heart Foundation, after carrying out CPR and saving a mans life earlier in the year. Dan joined celebrity guests and inspirational British Heart Foundation supporters at a glittering riverside reception in the vaults of the Globe Theatre in London.
Awards were given to those who have shown remarkable bravery or have gone above and beyond to help others while coping with the devastating impact of heart and circulatory disease. Winners included dedicated healthcare professionals, children battling life-threatening conditions, heart surgery survivors, people who have displayed awe-inspiring courage by administering CPR and those who have raised huge amounts of money for the our life saving research. Guests and award presenters included pop icon Shakin’ Stevens, football legend David Seaman, TV Doctor Dr Hilary Jones, Love Island 2018 contestant Alexandra Cane, Shameless actress Karen Bryson and Inbetweeners star Alex Macqueen.
The BHF said, “Lots of us have CPR training thinking we will never need it. For our CPR heroes award winners, their training turned unto reality. These people not only had the training but had the courage to step in and perform CPR when someone else’s life hung in the balance.” Dan who works locally at Hillier Garden Centre said, “It was new years day and I was called to one of our concessions to a gent who had collapsed. On arrival the gent was still breathing and after a few initially checks I placed him into the recovery position, where he soon stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. I carried out CPR for about four munities where he started breathing again, where soon after the ambulance crew arrived”
Dan continued to say “ I’ve been trained in first aid for over ten years through, St John’s Ambulance, my volunteer role with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and more recently the Eastbourne Area community responders. I would encourage anyone to attend a CPR training session because you never know what’s going to happen. Hearing the stories from other CPR heroes at the awards the majority of them had saved the life of a close family member, some with no history or evidence of heart disease but had suffered from a sudden cardiac arrest.
Kay Burley host of the awards evening said: “I’m honoured to present the first Heart Heroes Awards and it’s a real privilege to be able to celebrate and say thank you those who have worked tirelessly to support the British Heart Foundation and individuals who have shown true bravery in the face of adversity.
"Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the BHF, added: “Our Heart Hero Award winners and nominees come from different walks of life and from every part of the UK. They range from incredible children to remarkable pensioners. But they all share a spirit that embodies all that is best about the UK.
"Without our supporters, we cannot fund research that brings new hope to the seven million people living with conditions such as stroke, coronary heart disease, vascular dementia and diabetes. I’m in no doubt that their dedication and selflessness will mean more lives will be saved from heart and circulatory disease, so thank you and congratulations to everyone who was nominated.
Eastbourne Area Community First Responders hold HeartStart courses providing free Emergency Life Support training for individuals. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org