Farnworth engineer's fundraiser after having heart operation as a child

The Bolton News: Jordan Graham and Naomi Masters Jordan Graham and Naomi Masters

A fundraiser who underwent life-saving surgery when he was just three has been inspired to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Jordan Graham, aged 25, had an operation on his aorta, the largest artery in the body, and still has his heart scanned once a year.

Mr Graham, a civil engineer, of Highfield Road, Farnworth, has teamed up with friends to host a club night at La Spatule M & L in Bradshawgate on Saturday.

The six-strong group are hoping to raise £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

They are encouraging visitors to wear red on the night in support of the charity and between 200 and 300 people are expected to attend.

Mr Graham said: “I’m very excited about it — it should be a big event. We hope everybody has a great time and raises plenty of money for a good cause.

“I will always be greatful to the British Heart Foundation. If it wasn’t for them and the invaluable research they do to help doctors everywhere, I might not have been here today.”

This is not the first Mr Graham has raised money for the BHF.

He took part in the 192-mile Coast to Coast walk in 2008, raising £2,000.

His girlfriend, Naomi Masters, aged 22, also of Highfield Road, said: “It was Jordan’s story that inspired me to help organise this event. I’m really proud of him.

“He’s put so much time and effort to helping others. I’ve been really happy with the response we’ve had and I’m looking forward to it.”

The fundraising night is being held from 9pm until 5am at La Spatule and is for over-18s only. It will feature a host of DJs and a raffle.

All money raised from profits, donations and raffle ticket sales will go to BHF as part of its Ramp Up The Red campaign. Entry is £5 on the door. To find out more, visit the “Big red heart attack” group page on Facebook.

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