Mayor’s backing for Cardiac centre

Tom Balmain
Tom Balmain

A Lancashire heart charity is set for a fund-raising boost thanks to the support of a Fylde coast mayor.

The Mayor of Wyre, Coun Tom Balmain, has pledged to raise money for the Lancashire Cardiac Centre in thanks for care he has received there.

Coun Balmain, 74, has chosen the Heart of Gold Charitable Fund, a division of Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, as one of his Mayor’s Charities.

Heart of Gold supports the Lancashire Cardiac Centre, based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where he has been a patient since January 2013.

He said: “I’d gone to have my blood pressure checked, and the nurse took my pulse which showed I had a very rapid heartbeat.

“What was meant to be a 10-minute check-up for my flu jab turned out to be a four hour appointment.

“I was diagnosed with an irregular heart beat and have been on Warfarin ever since. It means I spend a lot of time at the Lancashire Cardiac Centre, and I get to meet a lot of people who have problems with their heart.

“I heard about the Heart of Gold appeal, and decided it would be a good cause to support during my year as Mayor.”

At the end of his Mayoral Year, Coun Balmain will split the money he has raised between the Heart of Gold Charitable Fund and Cancer Help, based in Garstang, following the loss of his twin brother to bladder cancer four years ago.

Coun Balmain plans to hold a number of fundraising events for the Mayor’s Charities, including a Burns Night Supper and the Mayoral Ball next March.

To donate to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal call (01253) 887257.