Hero medic gears up to save hearts

Dan Farnworth

Dan Farnworth

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HE is used to being called out at all hours of night to help save lives.

But heroic Blackpool ambulance worker Dan Farnworth is soon to take on a different nocturnal challenge.

Mr Farnworth, emergency medical technician with North West Ambulance Service – who earlier this month risked his life to help rescue an unconscious man from the sea in Blackpool, with a paramedic colleague –is saddling up for the British Heart Foundation (BHF)’s Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride.

The 52-mile ride, which takes place on September 29, will be even more of a challenge for Dan, as he had not actually ridden a bike until six months ago.

He decided to sign up for the event to help raise awareness of heart disease as he often encounters patients affected by it in his line of work.

Dan, who also voluntarily trains First Responders across Lancashire in his spare time, said: “Heart disease can affect anyone and I see that on a daily basis in my job.

“The youngest person I have had to treat who was having a heart attack was 18. I really want to raise awareness of the work of the BHF and also the importance of leading an active and healthy lifestyle.

“I hadn’t ridden a bike until six months ago so if I can do it, then anyone can. I would really urge people to sign up to this great event and support the BHF.”

The BHF hopes the ride will raise £175,000 for the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal to fund ground-breaking research which could literally mend broken hearts.

Night riders will start from Barton Square at the Trafford Centre, cycle across Greater Manchester and Lancashire - passing through Wigan, Bolton, Chorley, Preston, Lytham and St Annes.

The final leg will take them alongside the beach on Blackpool Promenade, under the Illuminations, before reaching their final destination of Blackpool Tower - where they will be able to watch the sunrise.

Nancy Prior, head of events at the BHF, said: “It is fantastic to have the support of Dan on the ride as his work is also invaluable.

“This is a fantastic bike ride, supported by Santander, and the added twist of cycling at night makes it all the more exciting.”

To enter go to bhf.org.uk/m2bdark or call 0300 456 8355.