Appeal to help Barnoldswick heart attack dad after health chiefs refuse to pay

Yorkshire Three Peaks
Yorkshire Three Peaks

EFFORTS to raise enough money to help a Barnoldswick dad get treatment for his heart problems are continuing apace.

Ian Jackson (50), of Lower Rook Street, is appealing for help to raise the money needed for a procedure that will ease the symptoms of a heart attack as funding has been refused by East Lancashire PCT.

The enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is available to patients at Bradford Hospital but Ian has been told he must find the £8,800 cost himself.

Twenty-one of Ian’s family and friends went to literal great lengths in their most recent fund-raising event by taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Despite tough weather conditions around Pen-y-ghent and Whernside, the group soldiered on, with Scott Payne finishing the 25-mile trek in just under 10 hours. More than £2,000 was raised in sponsorship.

Ian’s wife Leanne said: “A huge thank you to all who took part and to all who sponsored this fund-raising event. Well done everybody!”

The Greyhound Pub also supported Ian’s Hand on Heart appeal with a sponsored darts marathon. Organised by Ruth Creek and with refreshments provided by landlord and lady Don and Ang Hinchcliffe, there were two teams of four people playing each for 30 minutes and then resting for 30 minutes.

Leanne added: “We are very grateful to all involved in this event, to all who sponsored the marathon and again to Don and Ang for their kind donation towards the appeal.”