A PENSIONER has been thanking a member of staff at Age UK for saving his life.

George Robinson, aged 66, said manager Lynn Cowsill at the charity store on Sankey Street spotted something was wrong and quickly called an ambulance.

The former chemist returned last week to shake the hand of his heart hero for her ‘quick actions and thinking’ after doctors said if his atrial fibrillation condition had gone undiagnosed it could have lead to a serious stroke or heart attack.

The Great Sankey granddad said: “I can’t thank Lynne and the staff at the hospital enough and when I went back to say thank you she said ‘We do hugs here rather than shaking hands’.

“I wasn’t feeling well and she must have realised immediately and had a sixth sense that day.

“I’m okay now but if it hadn’t of been for her I could have just got up and walked off and then been in a bad way next time it happened.”

Newly wed George said he started to feel chest pains after auditioning for the X Factor when producers of the ITV show were in the town.

Initially he thought it was indigestion before the pain started to get worse and Lynn stopped what she was doing to help him.

The first aider from Runcorn added: “The first thing I noticed was his eyes didn’t look right and he told me he had chest pains.

“His pulse was racing and I was quite concerned and thought it was better to be on the safe side and call him an ambulance.

“I joined the charity to help people and it’s a wonderful feeling to do that but I’m no hero and only did what any trained first aider would do.”

Lynn, who used to teach CPR, added she believes it is important for it to be taught in schools so others can act in life-threatening situations.