A BRAVE fundraiser battled through the agony of three heart attacks in a day - and was back gathering cash for a worthy cause a mere three months later.
Hartlepool man Noel Gleeson, 67, has never faltered from his astonishing support for Macmillan Cancer.
The former Hartlepool Borough Council labourer began raising money four years ago and has gathered in about £1,000 a year since.
But disaster struck on August 31, last year - 11 years after he’d first needed urgent medical help for heart failure.
He was rushed back into hospital last August when he told his family he wasn’t feeling well. Paramedics took him first to the University Hospital of Hartlepool where he had two small heart attacks.
He was transferred to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where he suffered another bigger attack. Surgeons told him he needed a stent - a small mesh tube which is used to support narrow or weak arteries.
Yet after his operation, amazing Noel was out of hospital within a day. And the ultra-determined fundraiser was back gathering money for Macmillan by the start of December.
He even offered to climb the Transporter Bride to raise money until doctors told him he couldn’t. His proud wife Sheila, 66, a mother of two to Caroline Currell, 45, and Allison McLean, 44, said: “He has done really well. Macmillan has always been close to our hearts and he has raised about £1,000 a year.”
It’s a dedication which has put Noel, who lives at the Hartfields retirement village, one step closer to an award after he was nominated for the Pride of Hartlepool competition.
Allison, who put forward the nomination in the Fundraiser of the Year category, said: “He suffered three heart attacks within 24 hours but it has not stopped him raising money.
“Over the last five years, he has raised thousands by selling pin badges and doing table top sales and raffles within Hartfields.
“This man is in a lot of pain as he needs operations on his knees, but he still manages. He deserves an award for the help he always offers to others.”
We are calling on our readers to nominate that special person or people who have done something that you believe deserves recognition.
It could be anyone from 999 heroes to community champions – help us celebrate those who have done their town proud.
You have until early March to put forward your favourites and we want to make this a record year for entry numbers – but the only way we can do that is with your help.
So come on. Fill in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail today, or visit www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and complete the online entry form.
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