Debbie Dixon pride of Britain Award

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Debbie Dixon

Founder, The Aaron Dixon Memorial Fund and supporter of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)

Collecting the Pride of Britain Award from a young woman whose life was saved by CRY

‘The tears started when Charlotte appeared on screen to thank me for saving her life’

I have been very fortunate this year to have been given the Hoppy Award for outstanding service to the community and also chosen as a Coronation Champion – one of 500 people in the UK invited to Windsor Castle for the Coronation Concert.

The day that stood out for me, though, was being awarded the Pride of Britain, Pride of Manchester Special Recognition Award for the work I do in memory of my son Aaron, who we lost suddenly at the age of 23 to an undetected heart defect.

Since losing Aaron I have been raising money to fund heart screening in Cheshire for all 14 to 35-year-olds. To date, £530,000 has been raised, which has screened 5,500 young adults, 217 being referred with abnormalities.