Celebrities honour UK’s inspirational Heart Heroes at British Heart Foundation Awards

23 September 2019        

Category: About BHF

Glenn Hoddle and Simon Daniels look at award at BHF Heart Hero Awards

The Duchess of York, Glenn Hoddle and Penny Lancaster were amongst the star-studded guests at this year’s Heart Hero Awards

On Friday 20th September, a host of celebrities walked the red carpet at Shakespeare’s Globe, London to show their support and admiration for this year’s winners of the BHF’s Heart Hero Awards.

BHF Heart Hero Awards

This was our second year of hosting the prestigious awards, celebrating individuals of all ages who have shown immense strength in the face of adversity or have made a significant impact in helping those living with heart and circulatory diseases.

The event was hosted by Vernon Kay, with an array of performers and judges in attendance including Penny Lancaster, Luke Pritchard from The Kooks, The Mac Twins, Louisa Johnson and James Taylor. However the real stars of the show were the everyday heroes who had been nominated.

Heart Hero Award Winners

Winners included ‘superhero’ cardiac surgeon, Ramana Dhannapuneni, who has dedicated his life to saving babies and children; and nine year old Evie Gaskill who tragically lost her dad to a cardiac arrest on Father’s Day and has consequently set up a fundraising group which has raised over £20,000 for our life saving research.

Other awards went to three year old Dáithí Mac Gabhann, who is currently awaiting a heart transplant after already enduring two open heart surgeries and Charlie Haines, a young woman with Marfans Syndrome, who supports other young people with heart conditions by being a part of support groups and developing short, educational films.

A hugely special moment took place during the CPR Hero Awards, sponsored by Laerdal Medical, when former ex-England football manager Glenn Hoddle, took to the stage. Glenn, who is considered to be one of the best football players of his generation, suffered a cardiac arrest in October 2018 whilst in the BT sports studios. Fortunately, Sound Engineer Simon Daniels raced to Glenn’s side and performed CPR on him, miraculously keeping him alive until the paramedics arrived.

As Simon went up on stage to collect his award, he was surprised to see Glenn – the man whose life he had saved – presenting it to him and expressing his heartfelt gratitude. It was an unforgettable moment when Hoddle presented Daniels with his award and they shared a meaningful embrace.

Glenn said: “It’s not every day that you get the chance to thank the man who saved your life, especially with a room of people who really understand the significance and weight of the situation. Surprising Simon by handing him his CPR Hero Award was a hugely emotional and momentous moment for me. Although I will never truly be able to repay Simon for what he did for me, being able to say thank you to him at the BHF’s Heart Hero Awards is the next best thing.”

Celebrity Attendance

Penny Lancaster, one of the judges at the awards, said: “Being a judge for the BHF at this year’s awards was a real honour. The evening had a vibrant atmosphere and was full of emotion - it was so lovely to be a part of. The cause is one that is very close to me; my dad, Graham, who I brought tonight, had a heart attack in 2017 and heart surgery earlier this year. I am in awe of all of the Heart Hero winners and the nominees – they’re an astounding and brave bunch of people.”

One of the more prestigious awards was presented by The Duchess of York, a longstanding BHF ambassador. She said: “I was honoured to present the British Heart Foundation's Outstanding Contribution Award this year and meet the inspirational men, women, girls and boys who have selflessly given so much and made such a difference.  They are life enhancers in every way and we are very grateful to them.”

Nominations are now open for next year’s Heart Hero Awards. Do you know someone worthy of being celebrated for something incredible they have done for heart health or shown outstanding bravery despite their own heart conditions?

Nominate them here