PRESS RELEASE: Local Family Pledges to Help Mend Broken Hearts

A Northallerton family is organising a black tie ball to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The “Rock up in Red Ball” will take place at The Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton on 27th February 2016, during Heart Month, to raise vital funds for the UK charity’s, Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

This event is being organised by Nicola Proud and her family, following her husband, Andrew, suffering a heart attack and being diagnosed with Coronary Heart Disease, aged just 35.

Many businesses are showing their support for this event with sponsors Electrocare, Ed Pratt Sports Therapy, Sam Turners, Composite Fibreglass Mouldings Ltd, Baines Electrical, Victoria Robson Bridal, Kenneth Easby Accountants, Sonny Playforth Hair, Michael Proud Fitness, UFirst Aid, Coversure Insurance Bedale, Hire Association Europe, AVF Marketing, Digital Blonde and InDzine all donating towards running costs so that as much money as possible can be raised for the charity.

Nicola said “After Andy’s heart attack it was absolutely overwhelming to receive so much support from the local community and that’s when I decided to turn a worrying and difficult situation into something positive. Sadly, heart disease is something that has affected so many people in some way and there has been a huge amount of interest in this event as the charity is important to many people. I wrote a blog announcing my idea and this was viewed over 1300 times in just a few days so requests for tickets came flooding in before they were even on sale.”

The organisation of this event has become a full family affair as the couple’s daughters, Hazel (7) and Chloe (4) have been helping with the event planning including designing the front cover for the ball brochure.

Nicola added “At one of the many hospital visits we were warned that a heart attack was very likely to happen again and that our daughters would also need to be educated on the risks of heart disease. They’ve had to learn what a heart attack actually is, how to call an ambulance and what they should and shouldn’t eat for the best heart health. Rather than frighten or worry them we’ve tried to make learning about a difficult topic as fun as possible and that’s one of the reasons they are so involved in the ball as it keeps the situation fresh in their minds without scaring them. The Rock Up in Red Ball is set to be a fantastic night with three course meal, charity auction, raffles and live music from local group, Stax.”

The family is appealing for more local businesses to support the event whether it’s in the form of sponsorship, donating a raffle prize or offering something a little different for the auction. Demand for tickets has been extremely high but anyone interested in attending should email as soon as possible. Tickets are priced at £50.

Find out more about the work of the British Heart Foundation at

You can read the full story about the event on Nicola’s blog

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