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Willowfield Parish Community Association

Project Title: Lifeguards Healthy Hearts
Award: £10,000



Laurence Bellew, from Belfast, designed the Life Guards programme after his uncle Michael died suddenly of a heart attack the day after his 45th birthday in August 2012. Laurence’s personal grief and loss impacted on his mental and physical well-being for a time, but this was a time of change and realisation that he could do something to prevent this happening to himself and others.  It was then that Laurence decided to do something positive to inspire kids to be the best versions of themselves by learning to guard their hearts and their minds.  Take a look at the video to see the impact the Life Guards project is having on the lives of children, teachers and the surrounding community of Belfast.