The red carpet was rolled out on Friday 5 October for celebrity guests and inspirational British Heart Foundation supporters at a glittering riverside reception in the vaults of the Globe Theatre in London.
Our first Heart Hero Awards saw a host of famous faces celebrate our inspiring supporters and was hosted by Sky News anchor Kay Burley.
Guests and award presenters included pop icon Shakin’ Stevens, football legend David Seaman, TV Doctor Dr Hilary Jones, Love Island 2018 contestant Alexandra Cane, Shameless actress Karen Bryson and Inbetweeners star Alex Macqueen.
Fourteen awards were given to those who have shown remarkable bravery or have gone above and beyond to help others while coping with the devastating impact of heart and circulatory disease. Winners included dedicated healthcare professionals, children battling life-threatening conditions, heart surgery survivors, people who have displayed awe-inspiring courage by administering CPR and those who have raised huge amounts of money for the our life saving research.
The awards evening began with a drinks reception, followed by a welcome speech from Kay Burley. Awards were presented during a sumptuous three-course meal and a performance from X-Factor 2017 finalist Kevin Davy-White.
One of the heroes recognised with the award was Kieran Sandwell, a heart transplant patient who embarked on a 4,500 mile coastal walk around the UK last year, with the aim of raising £20,000 for the our life saving research.
Kay Burley said: “I’m honoured to present the first Heart Heroes Awards and it’s a real privilege to be able to celebrate and say thank you those who have worked tirelessly to support the British Heart Foundation and individuals who have shown true bravery in the face of adversity.
“I have a real connection to the charity as my dear dad sadly died of a heart attack, as did my close friend Sir David Frost. The first story I covered for my local paper in Wigan starting out as a journalist at 17 was about the British Heart Foundation, so it’s all come full circle for me. The charity’s work is ground-breaking and is transforming the lives of millions of people in the UK."
"Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the BHF, added: “Our Heart Hero Award winners and nominees come from different walks of life and from every part of the UK. They range from incredible children to remarkable pensioners. But they all share a spirit that embodies all that is best about the UK.
"Without our supporters, we cannot fund research that brings new hope to the seven million people living with conditions such as stroke, coronary heart disease, vascular dementia and diabetes. I’m in no doubt that their dedication and selflessness will mean more lives will be saved from heart and circulatory disease, so thank you and congratulations to everyone who was nominated.
"Thank you also to all our guests at this year’s Heart Hero Awards for making it a night to remember.”
NOMINATIONS FOR THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION'S HEART HERO AWARDS 2019 ARE NOW OPEN