Welcome and thank you for visiting our blog. The British Heart Foundation Jersey Branch was established in 1972 to support the life saving research of the BHF. We have created this page to help Islanders keep up to date with local events, activities and ways in which you can support our local fight against heart disease.
Having suffered a heart attack at the Bouley Bay Hill Climb three years ago, Islander Nick Wood was told by friends that he would never be the same again. To prove that he and others can fight and beat cardiovascular disease, Nick will be returning to the scene of his accident to take part in the 2016 event on Monday 9th May. As a thank you to all who helped him on the day and in his recovery, Nick will be raising money for the life-saving research of the BHF Jersey Branch at the event.
On 9th May 2013 ( Liberation Day ) Nick Wood was competing at the Bouley Bay Hill Climb on his motorbike when he suffered a severe heart attack . Fortunately, St John Ambulance were on site and quick to respond with the fortuitous support of Dr Andrew Mitchell (Jersey Consultant Cardiologist and BHF Jersey Branch Member) who happened to be spectating at the event.
Thanks to the team’s quick thinking, Nick was rushed to the Jersey General Hospital before being swiftly transferred to the Sir John Radcliffe Hospital in the UK for further treatment, including the fitting of a stent - a lifesaving technology which was made possible in part by BHF funded research.
Following an extensive rehabilitation period, Nick has fought back – recently signing up to the upcoming White Collar Boxing event and to mark the anniversary of his heart attack, will be raising money for the BHF Jersey Branch by returning to the Bouley Bay Hill Climb this year.
Nick commented “Suffering a heart attack is a life-changing event and for many the effects are detrimentally life changing - it’s easy to feel deflated. I know I was very lucky, but I am not willing to let this beat me. Thanks to the amazing knowledge and expertise which were available when I needed it, I am able to push myself and live life even more.
He continued, “Having recently turned 50 years young, I would like to share my experience with fellow heart attack survivor's to show life isn't over. We can beat this; which is why I am living by the BHF mantra and fighting for every heart beat.”
Cardiovascular disease is responsible for around 160,000 deaths in the Channel Islands and UK every year. The BHF Jersey Branch urgently needs more Islanders to organise their own unique fundraising events to help transform the lives of the 7 million people across the nation living with these devastating conditions.
Islanders can sign up online and download a free fundraising pack at www.bhf.org.uk/yourway for fantastic ideas on how to get involved.
Summer Parkin, Fundraising Manager at the BHF, said: “We never cease to be amazed by the extraordinary lengths people go to fundraise for the BHF. Every contribution, big or small, plays a crucial part in every breakthrough we make so we are incredibly grateful for their support. Nick’s determination and zest for life is truly wonderful, we are so grateful for his support and look forward to this fantastic Liberation Day event”
“But we urgently need more people to join our fight for every heartbeat and help power our life saving research. That’s why we’re calling on Islanders to Raise Funds Your Way to help support our vital work.”
“By organising your own off-the-wall fundraising event you can help transform the lives of Islanders e living with the burden of cardiovascular disease.”
For more information about Raise Funds Your Way and to download a free fundraising pack visit www.bhf.org.uk/yourway