Back in January, Alan Pearce, 67, from Irby in North East Lincolnshire, woke up in the middle of the night suffering from what he thought was indigestion. He felt better in the morning and on his way to work at Hillside Sporting Targets in Claxby, he picked up some anti-indigestion medication. When he started to feel unwell again he called NHS111 to ask for advice on whether he could take the anti-indigestion tablets with his diabetes medication.

Alan said: “The person on the end of the phone told me they thought I might have had a heart attack in the night and might be having another one as we spoke over the phone. I couldn’t believe it.

“Before I knew it I was being cared for by a paramedic and an ambulance crew. They were amazing. They got me to the Lincolnshire Heart Centre at Lincoln County Hospital and within half an hour of arriving I had, had stents fitted and was on my way to recovery. I felt so much better straight away.

“The service I received was first class and is the only reason that I am still here today.”

Alan organised a brilliant afternoon of clay pigeon shooting and managed to raise £800 as a way of saying thank you.

Alan added: “The care I received from the Lincolnshire Heart Centre was out of this world. Thanks to them I can now spend more time with my two boys and watch my five grandchildren grow up. I owe them so much.

“We had a great day raising money for the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity and are already planning our event for next year and aiming high. I would like to thank Irelands Farm Machinery, E-Quip (Rasen) Ltd and my sister Maureen Nicholls for donating raffle prizes, as well as Forest Lodge Guns from Wragby for sponsoring all of the trophies.”

Alan is also helping the Lincolnshire Heart Centre Team to help raise awareness about the increased risk people with diabetes have of suffering a heart attack. He was one of the many patients involved in the newly developed joint speciality cardio-diabetes clinic that has been set up to optimise the management of patients with heart attack from cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Research Programme Director, Professor Kelvin Lee said: “It is brilliant to see Alan feeling so much better. Not only is he helping with our research, but the fact he is also raising money to help others in our care is inspirational. We will use the money he has raised to help with the cardiovascular research that we are running here in Lincolnshire; we can put this to very good use to buy equipment to further improve the communication channels between our research nurses and patients.”

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity Fundraiser, Gary Burr, added: “Every penny raised by Alan will be used to directly support patients and staff in our hospitals. Donations like this really do make a difference, but the biggest reward of all is seeing Alan fit and well.”

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