Time to vote for your Heart Hero nominees

British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland (BHF NI) is asking the Ballymena community to vote for their local nominees in its annual Heart Hero Awards.

Heart Hero Award nominee Mark. Submitted Picture.

They have revealed details of two Ballymena nominees for the awards which recognise and celebrate the heart research charity’s supporters, fundraisers, volunteers and patients who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight against heart disease. Local people nominated are:

The Ballymena Tesco charity team for their fundraising efforts and new ideas to raise funds for the Tesco National Charity Partnership (which raises money for the BHF and Diabetes UK). They meet up each month to plan fundraising events and always get the local community and customers taking part in fundraising events and activities.

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Another nominee is six-year old Mark Lynn from Ballymena whose heart condition means he’s constantly in and out of hospital and may need a heart transplant.

The Ballymena Tesco Charity Team who have been nominated for a Heart Hero Award. (Submitted Picture).

But when this little hero isn’t in hospital, it doesn’t stop him from raising over £2,000 doing a variety of fundraising, for BHF NI and other charities. Mark’s been through a lot but he inspires everyone he meets at school and in hospitals, and has made some amazing friends along the way.

Jayne Murray, Head of British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland, said: “The amazing Ballymena nominees are perfect examples of the extraordinary contribution made by people living with heart disease and their families as well as the people raising money for us to carry out lifesaving heart research.

“We are proud to be recognising their efforts in our annual Heart Hero Awards and we wish them all the best of luck for the final ceremony,” said Jayne.

To vote for your winner visit the BHF website www.bhf.org.uk/heartheroes

The Ballymena Tesco Charity Team who have been nominated for a Heart Hero Award. (Submitted Picture).

Shortlisted nominees will be put on the BHF website on April 21.

Winners will be announced at the Heart Hero Awards at the Supporter Day 2017 in Belfast on Thursday, June 29.

To attend your local Supporter Day register at bhf.org.uk/conferences

Heart Hero Award NI categories include: - the Inspiration award, the Young hero award, Heart Health Professional and the Fighting Spirit Award.

For more information about the Foundation’s work locally visit bhf.org.uk/northernireland