Wendy Patterson, 68, from Berwick, has been named the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Regional Retail Volunteer of the Year.
Although Wendy won her battle with heart disease, after having a triple heart bypass fifteen years ago, she tragically lost her son to a heart attack in 2011.
Just four months after losing her son, Wendy was back volunteering in the Berwick BHF shop – doing her bit to fight back against heart disease.
Wendy has been volunteering for the BHF, helping to fund life-saving research, since 2007.
To celebrate her amazing achievements she recently went behind the scenes with a BHF-funded scientist at Newcastle University when she visited BHF Research Fellow, Dr Helen Phillips.
Dr Helen then got to see how Wendy is helping fight heart disease in the BHF shop. In her lab coat, Helen was put through her paces on the till and stacking the shelves.
Wendy and Helen are supporting the Great British Bag-athon which is happening right now.
BHF shops aim to raise 1 million bags of unwanted items, raising vital funds for research into heart disease. Visit bhf.org.uk/bagathon for more information.