Notre Dame Student wins Yorkshire Children of Courage award

In October L6 student Joe Barry was nominated by the CHSF (children’s heart surgery fund) for a children of courage award in recognition of his sterling efforts in raising awareness of heart disease.
Joe has been a tireless campaigner for ‘Save Our Surgery’ which is an initiative trying to save the Yorkshire Heart Centre in Leeds currently under threat from government cuts. In 2012, he led a march through Leeds City Centre and spoke afterwards in millennium square in front of 3000 people, and he has also been interviewed on radio and television about his work.
He first got involved in campaigning because he was born with a Congenital Heart Defect and the heart unit at the LGI has saved his life on a number of occasions. He is determined to do everything he can to save it so that others can benefit from its good work.
Joe was presented with his award by comedian Jack Carrol and BBC Journalist Steph MGovern at a glittering event held at the new Dock Hall opposite the Royal Armouries. He said ‘I was really surprised when I got the award because I don’t do the campaigning to get awards. I campaign because I want to raise awareness and support for the heart unit as not many people know about it unless it affects them.’
Joe is currently recovering from an open heart surgery and we all wish him a very speedy recovery and wish him every success in his very worthwhile campaign.