Our ambassadors

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.

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.

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.

Olivia Arben

Model Olivia Arben was 16 years old when she lost her dad to heart disease. Olivia has been dedicated to working with the British Heart Foundation since 2017, taking part in various retail campaigns; #BoughtAtBHF; Christmas party wear; and being the BHF face of the Spring / Summer 2019 clothing range.

In 2018, Olivia teamed up with flower company Bloom & Wild on their British Heart Foundation Show Some Love bouquet. Olivia has also attended and shown her support for our 2018 Beating Hearts Ball.

Olivia is an incredible addition to the Ambassador family. As someone who not only knows the devastating impact of heart and circulatory diseases, Olivia is also passionate about working with the BHF to raise awareness.

Dr. Hazel Wallace

Hazel was just 14 years old when she lost her dad to a stroke. It was for this reason that Hazel went on to become a doctor and started The Food Medic – an educational platform that advises on the latest thoughts and developments in nutrition and other lifestyle factors.

Hazel’s interest in health stems from her passion to help prevent others losing their parents and loved ones before their time. 

Hazel has been supporting the BHF since 2017. Most recently Hazel met with our One Beat members at a cookery workshop, marking her first event as an official BHF ambassador.

We are incredibly proud to have Hazel as an ambassador for the BHF and believe that together we can continue to raise the profile of our life-saving work.

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.