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The BHF Jersey Branch is proud to announce the winners of the Island’s first Jersey Heart Awards 2017, which were held at the Pomme d’Or Hotel on Saturday 4th March 2017.
Jersey Heart Awards were designed by the British Heart Foundation to recognize the outstanding contribution of Islanders playing a leading role in the local fight against cardiovascular disease, one of Jersey’s biggest killers. Categories covered a range of different life-saving roles within the community, from those living with a condition and literally fighting the disease, to third-party individuals offering support and life-changing knowledge and advice to Islanders of all ages.
The evening was focused on celebrating the individuals in the room, however thanks to some amazing raffle prizes and the online auction sponsored by Ravenscroft the first Jersey Heart Awards raised over £5,000 for the life-saving work of the BHF.
2017 Jersey Heart Award Winners
Award: Heart Champion 2017: Wendy Baugh
The Heart Champion Award wishes to recognise courageous and strong individuals who have personally joined the fight against heart disease. The category finalists are Islanders living with a heart condition yet refusing to take it lying down; they have fought back to prove that it will not define their future and that it is possible to beat this heartless disease.
Wendy is a nurse at Jersey Hospital who has dedicated her life helping local patients on the road to recovery. Over the years Wendy hadn’t always put herself first, which in turn had affected her personal health. One day Wendy suffered a heart attack on her way to work, scaring her family & loved ones and for once having to be on the receiving end of hospital care. This event has turned her life-around. Since the event she has stopped smoking, taken up the gym 3 or 4 times a week, has lost a considerable amount of weight and is actively encouraging those around her to improve their health too.
Heart Supporter Winner 2017: Lee-Anne Penn
Finalists for the Heart Supporter Award were nominated by their peers as incredible individuals who help others on a daily basis. These Islanders offer their tireless support to those living with a heart condition and their strength and knowledge is offered freely as a means of making others feel better.
Lee Anne is a Special Cardiac Nurse and member of the local cardiac team, originally funded by the BHF when she first started her position at Jersey Hospital. On a daily basis, Lee Anne offers her expert knowledge and support to hundreds of local patients and their families during difficult times. Often known for her personal approach and a “persuasive way of suggesting positive changes”. Receiving numerous nominations from patients in her care and their families for this award, it is evident that her help is appreciated by those who know her.
Each of the finalists in this category is viewed by their network of friends, colleagues and family as an ambassador for heart health. Their passion for life, fitness and nutrition continues to influence the people who surround them to encourage positive general wellbeing. Thanks to their amazing work, more Islanders are becoming aware of the importance of heart health; their knowledge and expertise is helping to empower individuals, equipping them with the knowledge and tools needed to live happy and healthy lives.
Katy has a real connection to the cause having sadly lost both her father and one of her best friends to undetected heart conditions. Since then, Katy has shaped her life and business ethos around maintaining ultimate health and helping others to do so too. Owner of MOO (Mostly of Organic Origin) founded on fuelling healthy minds & bodies to help maintain maximum health & happiness. Since her personal loss, she has also channelled her energy into positive outcomes, including multiple fundraising challenges for various charities in memory of loved ones.
Super Volunteer 2017: Mandi Corley
These Super Volunteer finalists have each played a major role in supporting our local mission. They have offered their time, creative ideas and expertise to help with local fundraising activities. They have taken on new skills, recruited friends and colleagues and acted as true ambassadors within the local community. The support of each finalist has been absolutely inestimable and crucial in our fundraising success, the BHF Jersey Branch are extremely grateful for their ongoing support.
BHF Jersey activity and support has changed significantly since Mandi joined as a BHF Jersey volunteer. Mandi has a close connection to the cause as her son was born with a congenital heart condition. This experience allows her to speak with knowledge and passion, helping to raise awareness and support within the community. Mandi is always willing to lend a hand, no ask is too big. She has put herself (and her family) forward to support at a number of events since we met her and has now even gone on to set up her very own fundraising group. To date, Mandi, Jayden and their family have raised over £2000 for the BHF Jersey Branch through activities including car boot sales, football tournaments, valentines pop-up markets and general collections.
Award: Fundraising Champion 2017: Nick Wood
Each of the Fundraising Champion finalists had taken on extreme personal challenges in the name of our fight against heart disease. They have acted as ambassadors within the community, offered ideas to benefit others and taken themselves out of their comfort zones to show bravery, passion and determination. Their actions have played a vital role in our fight, not just through fundraising activities but in raising awareness amongst peers in engaging ways.
Also nominated for Heart Champion, Nick suffered a heart attack at Bouley Bay Hill Climb in 2013 and was saved by the team on site at the time (St John Ambulance & Dr Andrew Mitchell who was a spectator at the event!)Despite suffering a heart attack, Nick was keen to come back fighting and return to the saddle as soon as possible. Not only did he travel to Guernsey just so that he could compete again, but he signed himself up to a personal fitness challenge in the local white collar boxing competition – helping to raise awareness of heart health and raise funds in the process. Nick decided to return to the Bouley Bay Hill Climb in 2016 and in the process helped to raise awareness and funds to further support he research of the BHF.
Young Heart Hero Sponsored by Mourant Ozannes: Jayden Corley
Our Young Heart Hero finalists were examples of true bravery and strength. They not only prove that they are champions on a daily basis, but they help others to understand their condition and the importance of heart health. They are ambassadors amongst their peers, raising awareness and exemplifying courage so that others can follow their example in beating similar conditions.
Jayden was born with a Tetrology of Fallots, a rare condition caused by a combination of four heart defects that are present at birth. These defects, which affect the structure of the heart, cause oxygen-poor blood to flow out of the heart and to the rest of the body.Jayden is living and growing with this congenital heart condition and despite sometimes feeling a bit under the weather, he refuses to let this stop him being a champion. He is fighting his condition and refuses to let it beat him. Jayden has helped to raise awareness of his condition amongst his friends and family, whilst setting himself personal challenges including his participation in the Jersey Marathon Fun Run - alongside our BHF Jersey mascot, Hearty! He has helped to organise collections at his local football games and has already fundraised nearly £2k in the process (which was doubled on the night of the awards!).
Award: Local Life Saver 2017 Kindly Sponsored by Rossborough Healthcare: James Harrison
This is a very special award in recognition of Islanders who have used their quick thinking and knowledge of CPR to save a life! Nationally, if you have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital, you have less than a 10% chance of survival. This is something which the BHF wish to change; we wish to build an Island of life-savers. Our three finalists are amazing individuals who have literally had the bravery to saved a life. They have been in situations in which they have had to think quickly and efficiently in order to give someone a fighting chance to simply breathe again. They have allowed a person to see their family another day. They a life-savers.
On Friday 6th February, Islander James Harrison was on his way out to collect a take-away pizza to share with his partner Sam, when he realised he had left his wallet in the house. Upon walking into the house, Sam looked at him and said that she was feeling really dizzy. Within moments, Sam had collapsed. James quickly put her into the recovery position but realised that she wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse. Following an urgent call to the ambulance service, James commenced CPR. Amazingly Sam gained consciousness - however she had suffered a cardiac arrest. Sam went on to spend two weeks in Oxford Hospital but is now back to her sporting activities. Thanks to James' quick thinking Sam is alive today.
To see all photos taken on the night, please visit our Facebook Album.
Summer Parkin, Fundraising Manager for the BHF in the Channel Islands commented “Every single person nominated for Jersey Heart Award had an amazing story to share. From those living with a condition and literally fighting the disease and volunteers and supporters offering their time & knowledge, to Islanders who have saved a life thanks to their quick thinking and use of CPR. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and supported through prizes and donations, it made our first awards a truly special and emotion one; everyone in that room has joined our fight against heart disease is some way - together we can beat it.”
Heart and circulatory disease claims the lives of around 155,000 people in the Channel Islands and the UK each year. Every pound raised will help the BHF fulfil its ambition to fund half a billion pounds of life saving heart research over the next five years, and bringing us ever closer to beating heart disease.