TV star Ranvir Singh is ecstatic to have been asked to become the patron of Preston charity Heartbeat.
The Deepdale based heart charity has developed a special relationship with the TV presenter due to her own family experiences of heart problems.
My dad was only 42 when he died and this place genuinely cares for people and can save their lives.Ranvir Singh
Ranvir was only nine years old when her father Rattan died of a heart attack aged just 42.
And now the Preston born journalist is pleased to become a patron to help spread the word of the charities life-saving work.
She said: “I was really surprised when I was asked.
“I’m really chuffed to become patron.
“My dad was only 42 when he died and this place genuinely cares for people and can save their lives.
“Heartbeat really makes sure if people have a scare they will get back to their full health.
“My dad didn’t have that facility and we suffered the consequences as a result,
“Now 28 years later Heartbeat can help stop another young person losing their dad.”
Ranvir attended the opening of the cardiac rehabilitation charity’s new base at the old national football museum site outside Preston North End’s stadium back in February.
And Jill Rogerson, Heartbeat Chief Executive, is overjoyed that Ranvir has agreed to become a patron.
She said: “We are delighted that Ranvir has agreed to become our patron, she understands first-hand the effect heart disease can have on families.
“Having been brought up in Preston, Ranvir understands the issues facing some of our cultural communities where one out of three residents will develop heart problems.
“As a Prestonian herself we knew she would want to help”