A FORMER president of the Colne Valley Lions has thanked the people who saved his life by handing them a total of £4,450.
Heart patient John Turner presented the money to the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary cardiology department, where he has been treated for the last 24 years.
After discovering a heart problem when he was just 20 Mr Turner has spent many months of his life in the hospital and now he feels he has been able to repay the staff’s kindness.
He said: “When I was 20 I discovered I had a faulty heart and for the past 24 years they have looked after me.
“I had a heart valve replaced when I was 35 and I’ve had a lot of treatment there. So when I became Lions president I selected the unit as my charity of the year.
“I wanted to raise money for them as a way of saying thank you for everything they have done for me.”
Mr Turner, a father-of-four from Scapegoat Hill, added: “If it wasn’t for the unit’s staff I wouldn’t be alive. It was quite touch and go at one point but I am here and fighting fit.
“I am so pleased I could help them a little by raising this money. The staff are amazing and I can’t thank them enough.”
Mr Turner, a manufacturing worker, also thanked the people of Huddersfield and the Colne Valley who supported his chosen charity.
He said: “My year as president was wonderful. I was amazed by how generous everyone was. The people were so willing to get involved and support us and I would like to thank them.”
The Lions gave £3,000 from last year’s Beer Festival, a further gift of £750 and a donation of £700 which came from a swimathon.
The Colne Valley Lions are now raising money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity and hope to raise enough money to buy a puppy to be trained.