Celebrity supporters

We have a number of celebrity supporters who are all passionate about our fight against heart disease. They have been working with us by supporting our campaigns, taking on a BHF event, donating generously to our shops and much more.

Shayne WardShayne Ward eating a large bar of chocolate

Coronation Street actor Shayne is supporting and taking part in our DECHOX campaign in March 2016,  where he is encouraging everyone to give up chocolate for the month. As a self-confessed chocoholic, he knows March won’t be easy with Easter pending, but the money raised will help us fund more research to help the millions of people fighting a daily battle with heart disease.

 

Jess WrightJess Wright in a red dress with red balloons

Reality TV star Jessica Wright was the face of our 2016 Wear it. Beat it. campaign because she knows too many lives are cut short by heart disease every year.
Jess also joined us at our February fundraiser Roll out the Red helping to raise vital funds for ground breaking research. Check out our behind the scenes footage with Jess on our Wear It. Beat It. photoshoot.

Mollie King

Mollie king

The Saturday’s singer has been the face of our February fundraiser for the past two years. Mollie called on the public to don a red item of clothing or do something red to raise funds to help us continue the fight for every heartbeat.

The singer has also recently appeared on ITV’s The Cube raising a staggering £100,000 to help us continue our life saving research.

In February 2015 Mollie hosted our first Roll out the Red ball

Michelle Keegan

Michelle KeeganMichelle supported our campaign with DFS last summer – encouraging people to donate their unwanted sofas to our Furniture & Electrical stores. She also recently attended our Roll Out The Red Ball.

 

Oliver Proudlock

Oliver Proudlock peeping through clothes at his pop up shop Reality TV star and fashion designer Ollie first started supporting us through Tunnel of Love. He attended our Roll Out The Red ball and he ran the Virgin Money London Marathon for us in 2015. 

In October 2015, Ollie launched his own pop-up shop in Shoreditch, the shop included items from his own wardrobe as well as other donated items. All the money raised from the shop went towards funding our life saving research.

His grandmother died from a ruptured aorta, his uncle had a double bypass and his dad was diagnosed with a weak heart muscle in 2006 and was told he had come dangerously close to having a heart attack.

Pixie Lott

Pixie Lott making a heart shape with her hands at tunnel of love

Pop star Pixie supported our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal by taking centre stage at our most recent Tunnel of Love event. Pixie entertained guests by performing some of her most loved singles. 

Pixie was delighted to be performing at Tunnel of Love supporting our life saving work and was shocked to hear that heart failure affects around half a million people in the UK.

Jim Chapman

Jim Chapman wearing a velvet suit at the tunnel of love photo shoot

 

YouTube star Jim was the face of our 2015 Tunnel of Love fundraiser along with model Amber Le Bon. 

Jim attended the Art and Fashion fundraiser with wife and fellow YouTuber Tanya Burr for a fun filled evening. 

The fashionable YouTuber also donated a suit to the auction with the money raised going towards our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

Sarah-Jane Crawford

Sarah-Jane Crawford wearing a dress stood in front of a pop up shoe shop for the heels for hearts campaign

TV presenter Sarah-Jane helped set up and launch our pop-up shop at Westfield Stratford City in May 2015. 

The shop included a number of shoes worn and donated by high-profile celebrities including Sarah-Jane herself, as well as shoes donated by the public to us as part of Good Morning Britain’s Heels 4 Hearts campaign. 

The funds raised from the campaign helped to provide every secondary school in the UK with CPR kits for young people to learn vital lifesaving skills.

Lilah Parsons

Lilah Parsons placing her hand under her chin

The MTV presenter and DJ has shown her support for us by DJ’ing at our Tunnel of Love event, in November 2015. 

The money raised at the event has contributed to our life saving research in helping to mend broken hearts.

Amber Le Bon 

Amber Le Bon wearing a floral hat for Tunnel of Love photoshoot

Fashion model Amber first showed her support back in 2013 by DJ’ing at Tunnel of Love. Amber attended the event with her fellow model mum Yasmin Le Bon who was the face of the fundraiser. 

Following in her mother’s footsteps Amber herself was the face of our 2015 Tunnel of Love fundraiser alongside YouTuber Jim Chapman.

Natasha Kaplinsky

Natasha Kaplinsky at a photo shoot for roll out the red

Loved newsreader Natasha will be leading a line-up of high profile celebrity supporters by hosting our glamorous Roll out the Red Ball at The Savoy Hotel in London. 

The February fundraiser will celebrate Heart Month and the money raised from the ball will go towards funding vital research for those affected by heart disease. 

Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness by a BGC sign at the BGC charity training day

 

At only 38 years old Graeme underwent a triple heart bypass shortly after retiring. 

In September 2015, Graeme attended the global trading firm’s BGC charity day. On our behalf, the footballing legend along with Lee Mears took to the phones to raise money for our life saving research. 

The BGC trading day marks the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre. 

Laura Whitmore

Laura WhitmorePresenter Laura Whitmore hosted our afternoon tea with Pandora to launch our third charm for the charity. Laura is shocked by how many women die of heart disease and is passionate about supporting us by raising awareness of our lifesaving research.

Eliza Doolittle

Eliza DoolittleSinger Eliza Doolittle treated guests at the 2013 Tunnel of Love event to a set of her best known songs. She was also a guest at a ‘heart healthy brunch’ hosted by our charity partner, Pandora, for World Heart Day on September 29 2014, which she attended with her brother Natty, who himself suffers from a heart condition.

Arlene Phillips

Arlene Phillips peeping through clothes for bag it beat it campaign

Choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene supported our stock donation appeal Bag it. Beat it. in September 2015. 

Arlene emptied out her wardrobe and donated her unwanted items to her local BHF charity shop encouraging others to follow suit. Arlene’s unwanted items went towards funding our life saving heart research. 

Andrea McLean

Andrea McLean sat on her bed which she donated to her local BHF furniture and electrical storeTV presenter Andrea supported our Bag it. Beat it. campaign in September 2014. Andrea also let her feet do the talking as she participated in ‘Team Hazel’ during the Hyde Park 5k Run in October 2014.

In May 2015, the homes and interior columnist teamed up with our Furniture and Electrical stores by donating a bed to her local store. 

Andrea also picked out some of her favourite pieces from our F&E stores and encouraged the nation to join her in having a clear out and donate any unwanted items.

Duncan Bannatyne

Duncan Bannatyne wearing a tuxedo at roll out the red ball 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 children's trust funds if he finds them smoking.

Duncan has also attended our February fundraiser Roll out the Red in 2015 to show his support for funding our life saving research.

Joe Swash

Jo Swash

Former soap-star and jungle adventurer, Joe Swash, has a very personal reason for supporting us. He was 12 years old when his dad sadly passed away after suffering a heart attack. Joe has supported many of our campaigns including our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

Joe supported our brand campaign in August 2015, Joe’s personal story illustrates how heart disease can strike without warning.  

Joe appeared on Lorraine where he discussed his own experience and raised awareness on how heartless heart disease can be. Joe feels passionately about raising awareness on the need to fund more research to find answers to this terrible disease.

Louise Hazel

Louise Hazel

GB athlete, former Commonwealth Heptathlon Champion

At only 50 years old, heart disease stole Louise’s father from her.  Keen to show her support for the BHF, Louise joined us as our first Running Champion - encouraging people around the UK to look after their heart health and fundraise for the cause by taking on a running challenge. In 2013, Louise led ‘Team Hazel’ - a team of celebrities and journalists in the Blenheim Palace 10k run, ran a training session for London Runs participants and was guest of honour at this year’s Events Celebration Evening.

Hilary Alexander

Hilary Alexander

Hilary Alexander is a member of our Tunnel of Love Committee and has supported various campaigns including our flagship stock donation appeal for our shops last year - Bag-athon – and our Ramp Up The Red fundraising campaign this February.

Hilary had open heart surgery a few years ago so is very passionate about us and the work we do.

Billie Faiers

Billie Fraiers

TOWIE’s Billie Faiers worked with the BHF in May 2014 to support our Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign to help raise awareness of inherited heart conditions. Billie, who was at the time seven months pregnant with her first child, was joined by a group of pregnant women on Primrose Hill, to ‘bare their bumps’ and highlight the need for more research into inherited heart conditions.

Kyran Bracken

Keiran BrackenFormer England Rugby Union player, Kyran Bracken MBE has recently supported our No Smoking Day campaign. Kyran has heart disease in his family and as a former professional athlete he’s seen first-hand the negative effects smoking can have on the sporting ability of teammates and friends that has stopped them from fulfilling their full potential.

Carol Smillie

Carol Smilie

TV personality, Carol Smillie, is our Homes Expert for our Furniture & Electrical stores. Carol selected her favourite pieces from our stores in London and put a few room set-ups together inspiring shoppers to have a home makeover whilst supporting of fight against heart disease.

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John Torode

John Torode

John has taken part in and helped to promote the London to Brighton Bike Ride for the past two years. A keen cyclist, John also galvanises his Masterchef production team to take on the 54-mile ride to Brighton’s seafront each year with him. John’s motivation to support the BHF was stronger than ever on this year's ride, after two of his team had been affected by heart disease in the past 12 months.

Sinitta

SinittaSinger and TV personality Sinitta first supported us in May 2014 by donating a selection of children’s clothes for our Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign. Her clothes were sold on eBay along with a host of other high profile mothers. She also attended our ‘heart healthy brunch’ in partnership with Pandora on 29 September 2014, to celebrate World Heart Day. Most recently in February 2014, Sinitta supported our Wear it. Beat it. campaign by posting a very glamorous red lipstick selfie encouraging people to donate via text.

Heather Small

Heather smallSinger Heather was a guest at our ‘heart healthy brunch’ in partnership with Pandora, in support of her uncle who suffered with a heart condition and helped raise awareness of our commitment to funding life saving research on World Heart Day, 29 September 2014. Heather was also part of ‘Team Hazel’ for the Hyde Park 5k run in October 2014, which was organised by BHF Sporting Champion, Louise Hazel. 

Angela Griffin

Angela 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!

She attended our event with Pandora in September 2014. 

Jamelia

JameliaJamelia has supported our Big Red Breakfast campaign with our corporate partner, Warburtons. She has also attended an event to celebrate our partnership with PANDORA.

 

Andy Tennant

Andy Tennant

Team GB track and road cyclist

As a teenager, Andy received treatment for SVT (supraventricular tachycardia) - a rapid heart rhythm - which made it difficult for him to take part in physical activity. Andy has always been grateful to the BHF and in 2013 became as our first Cycling Champion, supporting our programme of UK on and off-road cycling challenges. In 2013, Andy showed his support by starting the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride.

Lee Mears

Lee Mears

Former Bath and England international rugby player

Lee Mears’ career ended early when in 2013 he was told that if he kept on playing rugby he was at risk of a sudden cardiac arrest. In 2014 Lee supported our February fundraising campaign, appearing in the TV ad with his friends and helping us raise funds for our research.

In September 2015, Lee on our behalf attended global trading firm BGC annual Charity Day which marks the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre. Lee took to the phones to help raise funds for our fight against heart disease.