Celebrity supporters

Fabrice Muamba Alexa Chung Dame Helen Mirren
Cilla Black OBE Duncan Bannatyne Daisy Lowe

We have many celebrities who generously support our campaigns and events, often because of a personal connection to the cause.

Their support makes a huge difference to our life-saving work. From taking part in our events or supporting our health campaigns, to making generous donations to our shops, we're incredibly grateful to the famous faces who give so much time and energy.

If you’re keen to discuss supporting us we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Laura Preece, Media Manager via email preecel@bhf.org.uk or call 020 7554 0170.

Find out who has been supporting us in our latest celebrity newsletter

Pippa MiddletonPippa Middleton

Pippa has become our first ambassador and will be working with us to raise awareness of the importance of heart health amongst women, and heart disease prevention through physical activity and healthy eating.

Pippa is supporting us through her epic fundraising challenges. She has just come back from America where she was part of a team who cycled 3,000 miles coast to coast. Next she will be heading to Istanbul to compete in the 6.5km Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race.

Jamie BaulchJamie Baulch

British sprint athlete and Olympian, Jamie Baulch, is lending his support to our No Time to Wait appeal. We are working in partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Services Trust to train people in emergency life-saving support skills and to place more life-saving defibrillators (AEDs) in locations across Wales.

 

Lynn Davies CBELynn Davies CBE

President of the UK Athletics Association and Olympic gold medallist, Lynn Davies CBE, is supporting our No Time to Wait appeal. Lynn sadly lost his brother-in-law, after he suffered a cardiac arrest at the age of just 47. No Time to Wait is a Wales-wide appeal to get more people trained in emergency life-support skills and more defibrillators (AEDs), with help from the Welsh Ambulance Service.

 

Louise Hazel Running ChampionLouise Hazel

Commonwealth Heptathlon Champion, Louise Hazel, is the latest sporting star to show her support for our events and get behind the fight against heart disease. Louise is our first Running Champion and will be motivating people up and down the country to sign up and line up for a BHF run.

 

Roberto gets ready to skydiveRoberto - Heart FM

Roberto was born with a hole in his heart and knows the importance of leading a heart healthy lifestyle - he's lost over 9 stone. He recently did a skydive and became a Heart Flyer. Roberto is fast turning into a BHF action man - he has completed five challenges, including our London to Brighton Bike Ride and London Jogs. He also backs our Emergency Life Support skills (ELS) campaign.

 

Amy ChildsAmy Childs

TV star, Amy Childs, joined our Heart Runners team and ran her first London Marathon in 2013. Amy's cousin had open heart surgery when she was born, so she has seen first-hand the fantastic work that her fundraising will help to support. Amy is also supported our Great British Bag-athon.

 

Donna Kellogg MBEDonna Kellogg

Triple Olympic badminton player Donna Kellogg MBE sadly lost her 26-year-old brother to an undiagnosed heart condition in 2011. Donna understands the devastation a death of this nature can cause. To help us raise awareness, she played in a fundraising golf event in July in aid for our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

 

Ross DavenportRoss Davenport

Triple Olympic swimmer Ross Davenport helped us to raise awareness and funds when he took part in a golf tournament in July. The event was in aid our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

 

Yasmin Le BonYasmin Le Bon

Supermodel Yasmin Le Bon is the face of the 2013 Tunnel of Love - our art and fashion fundraiser. The event, now in its third year, will raise funds to help the fight for every heartbeat.  

 

Andy TennantAndy Tennant

Team GB track and road cyclist, Andy Tennant, has joined the fight for every heartbeat by becoming our first Cycling Series Champion. He has a very personal reason for getting involved - as a teenager he received treatment for SVT (supraventricular tachycardia) - a rapid heart rhythm - which made it difficult for him to take part in physical activity.

Konnie HuqKonnie Huq

TV presenter Konnie Huq lent a hand to help launch our partnership with DFS. They plan to raise £2 million within a year by encouraging customers to have their unwanted sofa collected for free by our Furniture & Electrical stores. The sofa will then be sold in one of our stores and raise much-needed funds in the fights against heart disease.

John Torode John Torode

John Torode took on the challenge of our London to Brighton Bike Ride in 2013. John and his team cycled 54 miles and used their pedal power to fight heart disease.Well done guys!

 

AkaiAkai

Street dancer Akai was one of our youngest riders to take part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride in 2013 and completed the route with his mum and dad. Akai is also helping us to tackle the threat of childhood obesity by supporting our Food4Thought campaign. He showed pupils some of his best moves when he crashed the canteen at a London school. 

 

Phil LiggettPhil Liggett

Cycling commentator, Phil Liggett is supporting our bike rides. He kindly took part in a Guardian web chat to encourage keen cyclists to take part in our London to Brighton Night Ride. Phil has commentated on 40 Tours de France, and in 2005, he was appointed an MBE for his services to the sport.

Clare NasirClare Nasir

Clare Nasir is supporting our London Runs series. A keen runner, Clare has previously participated in our Canary Wharf Jog and Blenheim Palace Half Marathon. She has also shown her support for our Emergency Life Support skills (ELS) campaign

 

Jules KnightJules Knight

Actor and Singer, Jules Knight, who appears in BBC's Holby City is keen to help us raise awareness of heart disease. Jules sadly lost his father to a heart attack and wants to encourage others to look after their own heart health. 

Celia SawyerCelia Sawyer

Interiors Expert, Celia Sawyer, who appears in Channel 4’s ‘Four Rooms’ has become the face of our Furniture & Electrical Stores. Celia will be lending her expert advice on styling and pricing as well as donating some of her unwanted goods to the stores.

 

Ashley McKenzieAshley McKenzie

Olympian Judo star Ashley McKenzie is supporting our Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign. Ashley has fought to overcome a life-threatening heart condition to make it to the Olympics. When he was a toddler Ashley had an operation to repair a hole in his heart. He is proof that heart disease can affect anyone and wants to encourage others to join our fight.

 

Damien DuffDamien Duff

Footballer Damien Duff kindly recorded a special good luck for all Heart Runners taking part in the London Marathon. Damien has a special reason for supporting us - at just six months old, Damien's son Woody had to have heart surgery to repair a partial atrioventricular septal defect.

Fabrice MuambaFabrice Muamba

Footballer Fabrice Muamba is supporting our Emergency Life Support skills (ELS) campaign and helped us deliver our petition to Downing Street. Fabrice is dedicated to raising awareness after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a football match. He has also backed our partnership with the Football Association (FA).

 

Keri-Anne Payne

Keri-Anne Payne

Olympic Team GB Swimmer, Keri-Anne Payne is supporting our Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim and urging everyone to take part. Her top tip is to train with a friend - "swimming is so much more enjoyable with training buddies. When I go training there are 22 of us and I love being there with them and makes me want to train harder!"

 

Steve DouglasSteve Douglas

When pro darts player, Steve "the game" Douglas, had a heart attack in December 2012, aged just 35, he knew he had to give up smoking. Steve quickly began to enjoy the health benefits of quitting and was back competiting in the BDO World Championships in January. He hopes his story will encourage others to quit and join in with No Smoking Day.

 

Dame Sarah StoreyDame Sarah Storey

Dame Sarah Storey DBE, 11 time Paralympic Gold Medallist and 4 time Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, launched the registration of our iconic London to Brighton Bike Ride. The ride is a chance to take on a real challenge and is suitable for both keen cyclists and first timers!

 

Luke DonaldLuke Donald

Golfer, Luke Donald, is hoping to inspire young golfers to get involved and take part in our Junior Golf Championship. The Ryder Cup hero is encouraging schools and clubs to sign up and enjoy the game whilst raising life-saving funds.

 

Jim RosenthalJim Rosenthal

Sports TV presenter and personality, Jim Rosenthal, is asking people to put their best foot forward and take part in our Heart Walks. Jim will be joining his family and is encouraging others to take part and raise funds for our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal

 

Jo SwashJoe Swash

Former soap-star and jungle adventurer, Joe Swash, has a personal reason for supporting us, he was 12 years old when his dad sadly passed away after suffering a heart attack. Joe is backing our Beat the Peak events to raise funds for the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal

 

Mollie King shhhMollie King

The Saturdays star, Mollie King, was the face of our Ramp Up the Red in February 2014. She's encouraging others to wear their best red outfit and organise and event on 7 February.

 

Rick ParfittRick Parfitt

Status Quo, rock legend, Rick Parfitt, rocked up in red for us this February 2013, helping to raise awareness of National Heart Month. Rick suffered a heart attack last year and is keen to encourage others to show their support for our life-saving work.

 

Joey EssexJoey Essex

The Only Way Is Essex star, Joey Essex, showed his support for National Heart Month and wrote a Love Note to girlfriend Sam Faiers. He joined other romantics declaring their love and helping us to raise vital funds. Mary Berry, Rick Parfitt, Cilla Black, Fatima WhitbreadShakin' Stevens, Fern Britton, Phil Vickery, Elaine PaigeMollie King and Daisy Lowe also penned a heartfelt Love Note.

 

Rudolph WalkerRudolph Walker

EastEnders' actor Rudolph Walker features in our January/February 2013 issue of Heart Matters magazine and talks about his heart healthy foods.

 

Fatima WhitbreadFatima Whitbread

Fatima supported our 2012 Great British Bag-athon Challenge - encouraging the nation to get involved and fill up a bag full of donated goods or set up a Bag-athon challenge to raise as many bags as possible. Fatima also featured in our January/February 2013 issue of Heart Matters and is getting behind our Health at Work programme.

 

Gabby LoganGabby Logan

TV personality Gabby Logan supported our Love Your Heart campaign working with Flora pro.activ to help raise awareness of heart disease amongst women. Gabby has a personal reason for supporting us, as she lost her brother to an inherited heart condition when he was 15. In the past Gabby has helped us by donating a pair of boots to help raise vital funds during National Heart Month.

 

Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones

Hollywood hard man Vinnie Jones supported our Hands-only CPR campaign and featured in our TV adverts to help show how simple Hands-only CPR can be, encouraging more people to help if somebody is in cardiac arrest.

 

Gareth HaleGareth Hale

Comedian and actor Gareth Hale supported the BHF when he appeared on the quiz show Pointless with his friend and comic partner Norman Pace. The comedy duo kindly donated their winnings to us. Having had surgery to replace a faulty heart valve, Gareth has helped to raise awareness and recently attended a Burns Night fundraising dinner which raised over £80,000.

 

2012

Melanie Walters

Melanie Walters

Actress Melanie Walters danced her way into first place and won 'Strictly Swansea'. Melanie pledged her support to the BHF when she signed up for the Swansea dancing competition and went on to wow the crowds with her waltz and win the prize of £3000. We certainly give her 10s across the board!

 

 

Sir Roger BannisterSir Roger Bannister

Running legend Sir Roger Bannister started our Blenheim Palace Half Marathon. Roger, the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes, showed his support and wished our Heart Runners the best of luck.

 

Angela GriffinAngela Griffin

Actress and TV Presenter Angela Griffin swapped her script for a running schedule and joined other Heart Runners taking on the challenge of the Royal Parks Half Marathon. Angela beat her previous time for the event and completed the course in under 2 hours!

 

Ben RockettBen Rockett

Cyclist, Ben Rockett holds the world record for cycling Land’s End to John o’Groats and back taking just 5 days 21 hours and 8 minutes. After participate in our Bath to Bournemouth Bike Ride, Ben is keen to encourage more people to sign up to a BHF bike ride.

 

Esther RantzenEsther Rantzen

Esther Rantzen is supporting our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. The TV presenter visited some of our top heart scientists to learn about the science behind our appeal. Esther kindly donated items to our F&E stores when she used our free collection service during a spring clean. She also featured in our October/November 2012 issue of Heart Matters magazine

 

Ravi BoparaRavi Bopara

England cricketer, Ravi Bopara is helping us to get children active this summer. Ravi knows just how important it is to stay fit, and is urging children to follow his lead by reaching for a cricket bat, football, bicycle, skipping rope or just heading out to the local park.

 

Tanni Grey-ThompsonTanni Grey-Thompson

Tanni Grey-Thompson and has never let disability get in her way. The Baroness (who has won 16 Paralympic medals!) featured in our August/September 2012 issue of Heart Matters magazine and told us her fighting spirit in sport and politics.

 

Rachel Stevens with shoeRachel Stevens

Rachel Stevens is supporting our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. She joined Jasmine Guinness and Charlotte Church, to design an exclusive range of children's shoes and boots - the Heart & Sole collection. .

 

Kriss AkabusiKriss Akabusi

British Olympic medalist Kriss Akabusi featured in our June/July 2012 issue of Heart Matters magazine. Kriss is well known for his big personality and his raft of medals. He spoke to us about breaking world records, getting older and inspiring others.

 

Anita DobsonAnita Dobson

Actress Anita Dobson supported our Big Entertainment Appeal. Anita encouraged the nation to join her and donate any unwanted DVDs, CDs and books they've fallen out of love with to our shops.

 

Duncan BannatyneDuncan Bannatyne

Entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne OBE, is proud to be the ambassador for No Smoking Day. Ex-smoker Duncan famously took on British American Tobacco at its AGM in April 2008 and has vowed to suspend his childrens' trust funds if he finds them smoking.

 

Daisy Lowe at the Tunnel of Love event 2012Daisy Lowe

Model Daisy Lowe was the face of our Tunnel of Love event. Daisy is also supporting our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal and produced a collection of photographs that encapsulated her interpretation of ‘Hope’.

 

Oliver ProudlockOliver Proudlock

Designer and artist Oliver Proudlock is supporting our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. He attended our Tunnel of Love event and kindly donated bespoke prizes and an exlusively designed t-shirt from his fashion label Serge DeNimes.

 

Roger BlackRoger Black

Roger is encouraging people to sponsor Hope by giving a regular donation to the BHF, to help support our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. Roger also featured in our April/May 2012 issue of Heart Matters magazine.

 

Matt JarvisMatt Jarvis

Footballer Matt Jarvis has pledged his support for our Life-saver appeal. Matt is encouraging fans to text to donate to help in training more people in emergency life support skills, including CPR.

 

Dr Hilary JonesDr Hilary Jones

Dr Hilary Jones showed his support and wished our runners the best of luck as he officially started our Canary Wharf Jog (part of the London Jog series).

 

Sue NichollsSue Nicholls

After her character suffered a heart attack in Coronation Street, actress Sue Nicholls not only raised awareness of women and heart disease but she also lent her support to our Emergency Life Saving skills (ELS) campaign for all school children to be taught emergency life-saving skills.

 

Dame Helen MirrenDame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren has shown her support for our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, by diving into the Hope Tank and creating her own zebrafish. Helen is also backing our Emergency Life Support skills (ELS) campaign and has signed our petition to show her support and help us raise awareness of the importance of learning the skills to save a life.

 

Kym MarshKym Marsh

Actress Kym Marsh is supporting our Emergency Life Support skills (ELS) campaign to help us raise awareness of the importance of learning the skills to save a life. Kym is also urging budding cyclists to get on their bikes and take part in our Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride this September.

 

Shakin' StevensShakin' Stevens

Singer Shakin' Stevens is extremely passionate about the work that we do after suffering a heart attack himself in 2010. Shaky is fully behind our Emergency Life Support skills (ELS) campaign.

 

Carley StensonCarley Stenson

Actress Carley Stenson is supporting our Emergency Life Support skills (ELS) campaign to help us raise awareness of the importance of learning the skills to save a life.

 

Louis Smith, GymnastLouis Smith

GB Olympic gymnast Louis Smith is supporting our Emergency Life Support skills (ELS) campaign to help us raise awareness of the importance of learning the skills to save a life.

 

Nadia and the Big Donation appealNadia Sawalha

Nadia is backing our Emergency Life Support skills (ELS) campaign. In the past she has also supported our BIG Donation stock campaign and taken part in the 33rd Tower of London Jog (part of our London Jog series).

 

Sally GunnellSally Gunnell

British Olympic champion Sally Gunnell featured in our February/March 2012 issue of Heart Matters magazine and told us her thoughts on this year's London Olympics.

 

Angela HartnettAngela Hartnett

Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett featured in our festive December 2011/January 2012 issue of Heart Matters magazine.

 

Carol VordermanCarol Vorderman

TV presenter Carol has jumped in to our Hope Tank to show her support for our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. We've had fantastic support including Gabby Logan, Rachel Stevens and Martine McCutcheon who have all shown their support and dived into the Hope Tank by adding their own zebrafish.

 

Tina HobleyTina Hobley

Actress Tina Hobley is supporting our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal and has added a zebrafish to our Hope Tank.

 

Martine McCutcheonMartine McCutcheon

Martine is encouraging people to sponsor Hope by giving a regular donation to the BHF, to help support our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

 

Max CliffordMax Clifford

Max is supporting our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. He recently joined some of our supporters for lunch as a special guest. He helped raise over £4000 and kindly donated two VIP tickets for a recording of the X Factor for an auction.


2011

Gemma Atkinson M2B RideGemma Atkinson

Actress Gemma Atkinson lost her Dad to heart disease when she was 17. Her Dad was just 52 years old. Gemma took part in our first ever all-nighter on our Manchester to Blackpool night bike ride in September 2011 and completed it in just over four hours!

 

Pooja ShahPooja Shah

Actress Pooja Shah, best known for her roles in Eastenders, Coronation Street, Missing and Bend it Like Beckham helped us to raise awareness of heart disease within the South Asian community.

 

Neil Fox, Team 50:50Neil Fox

Like the BHF, Magic FM DJ Neil Fox celebrated his 50th birthday in 2011. On 19th June, Neil led Team 50:50 to complete the 54 mile London to Brighton Bike Ride. Neil is also supporting our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal and has added a zebrafish to our Hope Tank.

 

Cilla BlackCilla Black OBE

Cilla supported our Big Entertainment Appeal – encouraging people to donate unwanted DVDs, CDs and books to our shops. Graham Norton, Lorraine Kelly and Simon Pegg also donated their favourite summer reads.

 

Erin o'connor at tunnel of loveErin O’Connor

Erin supported our Tunnel of Love event and modelled a Steven Jones hat. The event was attended by other celebrities including Rachel Stevens, Laura Bailey, Zara Martin and Marie Helvin.

 

Clare Maguire, SingerClare Maguire

Singer Clare Maguire performed at our Tunnel of Love event in May 2011, which helped generate over £90,000 for our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

 

Sunday Girl, DJSunday Girl

Sunday Girl performed a DJ set at our Tunnel of Love event in May 2011, which helped generate over £90,000 for our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.


2010

Victoria WoodVictoria Wood

Victoria hosted the Angina Monologues in December 2010 - a night of stand-up, sketches and music to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Other comedians who supported the event included Jo Brand, Katy Brand, and Isy Suttie.