Jane Lockhart from Glasgow has been named a Heart Hero for her compassion and dedication to helping heart transplant patients.
Jane picked up the Heart Hero Award for Heart Health Professional at a ceremony at British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland’s Annual Supporter Conference at the University of Edinburgh.
Transplant co-ordinator at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Jane provides round-the-clock support to seriously ill patients who need a new heart. Due to the lack of available hearts it may be several months, or years, before a donor heart becomes available. Working closely with patients while they wait to be approved on the transplant list, Jane is also responsible for giving the good news if an organ becomes available.
Jane said: “I was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the whole transplant team. We’re a big group of people and we work hard to make transplant happen. It’s lovely to be recognised in this way.”
James Cant, Director at BHF Scotland, said: “Jane is a great advocate for heart transplant work in Scotland and a wonderful example of the extraordinary contribution made by heart health professionals around the whole of Scotland.”
June Rogers, Director of Operations at the Golden Jubilee added: “This award is a testament to the work of our highly dedicated team who provide a life-changing, life-saving, service which has given patients all across Scotland a second chance at life. We’re honoured to be recognised for the service we provide by the supporters of British Heart Foundation Scotland.”
BHF Scotland’s Heart Hero Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional contribution of individuals and groups who are fighting for every heartbeat in Scotland, such as heart patients who are campaigning for better services, fundraisers who are raising vital money to fund life saving heart research, funded scientists and health professionals.
Around 120 delegates attended the annual BHF Scotland Supporter Day at the University of Edinburgh’s Medical School at Little France where they heard about the £35 million of medical research being funded by the BHF at the university and were able to see this breakthrough science up close during exclusive lab tours.
Four Heart Hero Awards were presented in the categories: Inspiration; Fighting Spirit (for people affected by congenital heart disease), Young Heart Hero and Heart Health Professional. Awards were also made to fundraising groups and individuals and to people whose quick action using CPR has helped to save lives.