Heart hero is given award

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a MAN who works in Eastwood and Kimberley as a resuscitation officer to help people who suffer heart attacks has won a national award.

Pete Winson was awarded for his outstanding care for heart patients at the British Heart Foundation’s National Healthcare Professionals Awards.

Mr Winson was chosen from 50 nominees for the Excellent Ambassador award at the prestigious event in London.

He works as a community resuscitation development officer and set up a first responders scheme in Eastwood, Kimberley, Nuthall and Selston which he has co-ordinated for five years.

First responders are volunteers who are called out to help in medical emergencies while patients wait for an ambulance.

Mr Winson said: “In my eyes, I am just doing my job, doing what I like and helping people. It was such a surprise to see my name appear on the screen at the award ceremony and I am delighted by the recognition from the BHF.

“Community resuscitation empowers local communities to make a difference and save lives, and that is what makes my job so worthwhile.”

The 57-year-old has been instrumental in the development of community resuscitation in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire and is currently working on a project to place 100 defibrillators at venues with a high number of visitors in the East Midlands.

Defibrillators are being located at popular spots including shopping centres, tourist attractions, train stations and airports and training is given to staff at each location.

He has long been a supporter of the BHF – having been a volunteer and ambassador for almost ten years and judges said he was clearly admired for his high standards of training and his work with children with disabilities.

Catherine Kelly, programme lead for healthcare professionals at the BHF, said: “Our BHF funded healthcare professionals make a real difference to heart patients across the UK.

“The letters we receive from patients tell us time and again that our healthcare professionals offer a vital service not only for them but for their families too.

“These awards are one way of recognising and thanking them for the fantastic work they do and the many lives they touch.”

To find out more or see a video of the winners, visit www.bhf.org.uk/professionals.