Kathryn Hines

Fundraiser of the Year Award

A dedicated Helston women who has raised thousands of pounds for lifesaving equipment has been named ‘Fundraiser of The Year’ at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes Awards in association with South West Bottled Gas.

In 2014, Kathryn Hines’ husband Andrew suffered a sudden heart-attack in their driveway. He sadly passed away, but gave Kathryn inspiration to help raise money to fund a number of lifesaving defribulators in Helston.

She was nominated by friend and work colleague Janice, recognising her courage and the difference she has made to the community.

Janice said: “Kath witnessed the ambulance crew trying to revive Andrew, and with a weak pulse he was rushed to Treliske where they were unable to save him.

“Kath and her daughters, Abigail and Emily were absolutely devastated. he was Kath’s soulmate and they are the nicest couple anyone would ever have the privilege to meet.

Janice continued: “After a few months Kath decided to set up a charity to raise funds for three 24 hour defibrillators to be set up around Helston.”

Through ‘The Andrew Oliver Big Heart Fund’, Kath arranged a number of fundraising activities to purchase three 24-hour public-accts defibrillators.

However, after meeting that target she decided to continue, and the sixth one is about to be installed.

“She has no plans to stop raising money for these vital pieces of equipment as they could help save someone’s life”. Janice added.

“For Kath to pick up the pieces and raise this sort of money – I’m just so proud of her, she’s just amazing”.

This award was sponsored by Newquay Plastics, and Kathryn collected the trophy at a special ceremony held at Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives.

Janice said: “Kath is a true inspiration to others, and her strength and determination have shone through after such a tragedy.

“I am so proud of her and I would love her to have the recognition that myself and all our work colleagues think she deserves”.

On accepting the award, Kath said: “I decided I would raise money as there was no 24-hour access to defibrillators in Helston. They can be a matter of life or death, the machines speak to you and tells you what to do.

“It was a huge shock to win this award. My friend who nominated me didn’t mention it to me once. I went absolutely scarlet”.