Celebrities help keep hearts beating by attending The Beating Hearts Ball

21 February 2018        

Category: Fundraising

The red carpet was rolled out for British Heart Foundation guests and celebrity supporters at glamorous black-tie fundraiser to raise money for life saving heart research and to raise awareness of inherited heart conditions. The event raised over £280,000, which will go towards pioneering research projects and The Miles Frost Fund.

George Frost, Lady Carina, Princess Beatrice, Duchess of York and Wilfred Frost at the Beating Hearts Ball

The BHF welcomed high-profile supporters, including The Duchess of York and HRH Princess Beatrice to The Beating Hearts Ball

Last night saw a host of famous faces grace the red carpet for the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) The Beating Hearts Ball at the historic Guildhall.

The glitzy evening welcomed BHF Ambassadors The Duchess of York as well as football legends Lee Dixon and David Seaman MBE for one night of fundraising for the nation's heart charity.

A Star Studded Evening

The gala event was hosted by Sky News presenter Kay Burley and began with a drinks and canapes reception in the Crypts, with an acoustic trio, followed by a welcome speech from BHF Ambassador the Duchess of York, a sumptuous three-course meal in The Great Hall and a DJ set from Judge Jules.

Guests were treated to an array of fundraising activities, including a raffle, with the chance to win one of 30 luxury prizes and a live auction with Sotheby's Lord Harry Dalmeny. The incredible money-can't-buy prizes included a walk on part in hit TV show The Crown, artwork by Peter Blake and a signed photograph taken by world-renowned photographer Rankin of Daniel Craig. Also up for grabs was the chance to dine with David Seaman MBE and Lee Dixon on the Chef's Table at Heston Blumenthal's two Michelin starred restaurant, Dinner.

The Duchess of York, said: I am delighted to support the British Heart Foundation and The Beating Hearts Ball and help in whatever way I can to raise vital funds for their life saving research. Their work is ground-breaking and is transforming the lives of millions of people in the UK."

Amazing Prizes

The silent auction included a variety of VIP experiences and exclusive celebrity lots, including tickets to the live recording and UK live tour of ITV-show Dancing on Ice with a meet and greet, a photoshoot with Vogue photographer James Bignall, England football tickets and a framed shirt signed by the current England squad and a VIP Centre Court Wimbledon Experience.

The Miles Frost Fund

The family of the late Sir David Frost smiling to the camera

George Frost, Lady Carina Frost and Wilfred Frost attend the BHF's Beating Hearts Ball

All money raised on the night will go towards the BHF's life saving heart research into heart and circulatory disease, which is responsible for around 160,000 deaths each year - that's one death every three minutes. Some donations also went to The Miles Frost Fund, set up by the family of the late Sir David Frost in partnership with the charity. The fund aims to raise £1.5million to help make genetic testing available to all families affected by the deadly heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the BHF, added: "It was an incredible evening raising vital funds for our fight against heart disease. Thank you to everyone for making the Beating Hearts Ball a night to remember."