Presenter’s heartfelt support after freak blood clot

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A Bucks broadcaster who suffered a heart attack is raising money for the hospital that saved his life.

Richard Carr, of Bucks TV, was rushed to hospital in October 2012 after a freak blood clot went through a hole in his heart and blocked an artery.

Richard Carr (right) with staff from the John Radcliffe Heart Centre

Richard Carr (right) with staff from the John Radcliffe Heart Centre

Mr Carr might not be here today if it weren’t for the skills of staff at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Heart Centre.

Now he is looking to repay their work by organising a fundraising event at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, with a host of performers from the area to appear on stage.

Mr Carr, who used to work for Mix 96 as a roving reporter (‘Carr in the Community’), said: “When you’re suddenly told you’ve just had a heart attack it sounds all very serious and grown up, very hard to take in. But I guess I was lucky in a away because if the blood clot hadn’t lodged in one of my heart arteries, it would have travelled up to my brain and killed me with a massive stroke.

“The staff at the John Radcliffe stood out. It was like being in a five-star hotel. Everyone seemed to care and to be there to look after you, whether they were the big consultant or the cleaner.”

To help promote the event and give people an idea of what the fundraising is all about, Mr Carr returned to the heart centre to make a video with staff miming to Olly Murs and Flo Rida song Troublemaker, which can be seen on his website.

A number of acts have already been signed up for the Waterside fundraiser, including magicians and dancers, but Mr Carr is looking for more talent to take part, particularly singers and speciality acts.

Auditions will be held at the theatre from 10am until 2pm on October 6.

The fundraiser, ‘From the Heart’, will be on October 27 from 7.30pm. Tickets costs £12 and can be bought by calling 08448717607 or at www.atgtickets.com.

Find out more at www.buckstv.co.uk