People urged to vote for former paramedic

By Mike Lewis in Local People

THE British Heart Foundation is asking the Cardigan community to vote for former paramedic Peter Barker in their annual Heart Hero Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate supporters, fundraisers, volunteers and partners who have made an exceptional contribution.

Mr Barker has been nominated in the BHF’s Inspiration award category. Although retired, Mr Barker recognises the importance of heart health and continues to inspire others.

Since setting up the BHF Cardigan branch 30 years ago, he has organised community events and collections, and is now actively involved in promoting the Nation of Lifesavers campaign. Determined to do more, Mr Barker chose to do a skydive to raise funds for BHF Cymru on his 65th birthday, earning himself the nickname ‘Pete the Parachuting Pensioner’.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive at the British Heart Foundation said: “Peter is a perfect examples of the extraordinary contribution made by our supporters.

“Without people like them, we wouldn’t be able to fund life-saving research.

“For over 50 years we’ve pioneered research that has transformed the lives of millions of people living with heart disease. But heart and circulatory disease still kills more than one in four people in the UK, stealing them away from their families and loved ones.”

To vote for Peter visit www.bhf.org.uk/wales. Shortlisted nominees will be put on the BHF website on 21 April.

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