Our ambassadors and celebrity partners

Our ambassadors are high profile supporters who are particularly passionate about the work the BHF does. They help raise awareness of the devastating impact of heart and circulatory diseases.

Sarah, Duchess of York

Sarah, Duchess of York is passionate about helping highlight the devastating effects of heart and circulatory diseases, particularly amongst women.

She recently visited the William Harvey Heart Centre at Queen Mary University of London where she spoke about her interest in women and heart disease, and was especially keen to hear about the research into pre-eclampsia as her mother was previously diagnosed with the condition.

Sarah, Duchess of York sadly knows first-hand the devastating impact of heart disease, which tragically took the life of close family friend Miles Frost, son of the late Sir David Frost. She has been helping with our latest Bag It Beat It campaign by donating bags of unwanted items.

Pippa Middleton

Pippa has helped to raise funds for our life saving research by creating a heart healthy recipe book, which is available in our online shop.

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In June 2014, Pippa took on the epic 3,000-mile Race Across America cycling challenge. Alongside her brother and six friends, Pippa conquered the ride across 12 states and 88 counties in just 8 days in a bid to raise funds for our life-saving research.

In January 2015, Pippa launched the 40th anniversary of our historic London to Brighton bike ride. Pippa and her team completed the ride in 4 hours.

James Taylor

Former England cricketer James Taylor has joined our mission to beat heartbreak forever after he was forced to retire from professional cricket when he was diagnosed with the inherited heart condition arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC).

James is supporting our life saving research to find new ways to prevent, detect and treat heart conditions like ARVC. In September 2017, James visited our research lab at St Thomas’ Hospital with fellow BHF Ambassador Graeme Souness.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Ranulph knows first-hand the dangers of heart disease. In 2003, he suffered a heart attack followed by several cardiac arrests. He then underwent an emergency heart bypass performed by our heart surgeon Professor Angelini.

Despite leading an active lifestyle, Ranulph has demonstrated that heart disease can strike almost anyone.

Ranulph fully credits the amazing work of our very own Professor Angelini for saving his life and in allowing him to carry on doing what he loves taking on huge climbs, all-terrain marathons and other extreme challenges.

Dame Esther Rantzen

Journalist and TV Presenter Esther Rantzen first started supporting us when she used our furniture and electrical store free collection service to help with her house move.

Esther's late husband, documentary maker Desmond Wilcox, battled heart disease for years, which is why she is also passionate about our life-saving research.

In July 2015, Esther met with some of our volunteers for afternoon tea. Esther was keen to find out about the amazing work they have done for us. Esther took the opportunity to thank them for all their selfless work to help beat heart and circulatory diseases.

In 2014, Esther supported our Bag it. Beat it, stock donation campaign and our Christmas sales drive.

Roger Black MBE

Olympic silver medallist and World Champion, Roger Black MBE, is supporting the BHF after being diagnosed with congenital heart disease aged 11.

Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness, the former Liverpool FC Manager, was diagnosed with coronary heart disease after 3 of his arteries were blocked.

Throughout his life, Graeme has undergone several operations and has suffered from a heart attack.

Graeme will help us beat heartbreak forever as one of our ambassadors for research.