Joe’s pals raise cash for his cardiac unit

Joe Higgins, 18,
Joe Higgins, 18,
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Teenagers raised hundreds of pounds for the specialist hospital unit caring for a former classmate.

Blackpool Sixth Form held a dedicated ‘Joe’s Day’, asking students to wear red or hearts for the day last Friday, in honour of former 
pupil Joe Higgins.

The 18-year-old is recovering at Wythenshawe Hospital after undergoing a heart transplant last month.

He was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart 

He remains in hospital but his sister Chessie, 23, said: “He can barely move or talk at the moment but the surgeons are happy with his slow progress.”

The sixth form on Blackpool Old Road, where Joe was a student until this summer, raised £232.93 for the cardiac unit at the hospital, as well as using the day to give students information about signing up to be organ donors.