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National cardiac charity seeks nominations for nurses who are ‘heart heroes’

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The British Heart Foundation is seeking nurses and other healthcare professionals who have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those with heart disease and deserve to be named a “heart hero”.

The charity is again asking patients, families and colleagues to nominate nurses, doctors or others working in the field for its 2018 Heart Heroes Awards.

“If you know someone who is making a difference then please put their name forward”

Simon Gillespie

The awards are designed to recognise those who have gone “above and beyond” in treating and supporting people with heart and circulatory disease.

Charity chief executive Simon Gillespie said the awards celebrated the work of those who deliver excellent care and support, as well as patients and members of the public who have made an outstanding contribution.

“Heart and circulatory disease impacts on the lives of millions of people across the UK,” he said. “Yet, there are so many ordinary people who, when confronted with that challenge, are doing extraordinary things.

“The Heart Heroes awards recognise and celebrate the efforts of those who are working selflessly to make life better for other people,” noted Mr Gillespie.

He added: “So if you know someone who is making a difference then please put their name forward so that their contribution can be recognised and honoured.”

Those eligible for the Heart Healthcare Hero category include nurses, surgeons, GPs, paramedics and those who run cardiac rehabilitation or heart and circulatory support groups.

Nominees must describe what their chosen healthcare worker does for people with heart and circulatory conditions and the difference this makes.

The other two awards categories are Inspiration Heart Hero, for those who have gone above and beyond in supporting the charity, and Young Heart Hero, for under 18s who have “done something incredible” for the organisation.

Those who are shortlisted will be invited to an awards ceremony in London on 5 October when the winners will be announced.

Nominations are due in by Friday, 11 May. Visit the charity’s award website for more information about the criteria and how to make a nomination.

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