Kind-hearted Eric is honoured for work with support group

Winner of Unsung Hero of the Year, Eric Compton
Winner of Unsung Hero of the Year, Eric Compton
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HE’S WORKED tirelessly to help make the lives of people with chronic lung problems a little bit easier.

Now volunteer Eric Compton has been rewarded for his efforts as he won the Unsung Hero category at this year’s Best of Health Awards, sponsored by Admiral Care.

He is chairman of a support group called Breathe Easy, which is given help by the British Lung Foundation.

He sets up monthly meetings with guest speakers, as well as helping with exercise classes for people with breathing problems.

Mr Compton said: ‘Winning this has taken my breath away.

‘I was grateful for the nomination, but didn’t think I would actually win.

‘It’s a first for respiratory to pick up an award like this locally and it’s for the whole team, not just me.

‘I want to thank all those who support me in running the group and members of the group who attend.’

Christine Ferenbach, of the British Lung Foundation, nominated Mr Compton.

In her nomination she said: ‘Eric has worked very hard for people with lung disease, especially recently after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

‘With his usual brave attitude, Eric works tirelessly

visiting pulmonary rehabilitation groups helping people with chronic lung disease to exercise safely and improve their quality of life.

‘He has worked with Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group to gain funding for maintenance exercise classes in Portsmouth.

‘He is the chairman of the British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy group for Portsmouth.

‘The group meets monthly to help people by providing education to help people cope with their chronic disease.’

Coming runners-up in the category were Kelly Tanner and estate agent Neil Thorpe.

The pair were put forward for the CPR they carried out on Kelly’s husband Matthew after he suffered from a heart attack in their home in London Road, North End.

There were many nominations, including one from Keith Dixon.

He said: ‘Matthew’s wife Kelly responded correctly and immediately once she found him on the floor.

‘Without this initial treatment Matthew would not have survived.

‘However, Neil Thorpe, the local estate agent arrived at the front door to value the house at the critical time, but found himself fully involved in CPR and saving Matthew’s life alongside Kelly before the paramedic crew took over.’

This year’s awards were held at Portsmouth Guildhall.