Olivia Arben

Meet our Ambassadors

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 such as #BoughtAtBHF, helping promote pre-loved shopping and sustainability.

Olivia knows the devastating impact of heart and circulatory diseases and she is passionate about working with the BHF to raise awareness. Olivia’s support has been invaluable on many social media campaigns and corporate partnerships and most recently she attended the Beating Hearts Ball and was a judge and presenter at the Heart Hero Awards.

Gemma Atkinson

Gemma Atkinson

We have worked closely with actress Gemma Atkinson for many years. Gemma lost her dad to a heart attack when she was just 17. This prompted her to start supporting the BHF.

As a long-time supporter of the charity, Gemma has taken part in our TV appeal, Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride and fronted our Bag It Beat It campaign to help raise awareness of women and heart disease. Gemma has also been involved with our annual Heart Hero Awards.

As someone who lost a loved one, Gemma is keen to help others who have suffered from a similar loss or living with a heart condition.
After years of support, we are proud to have Gemma as an ambassador and look forward to the future work we can do together.

Roger Black

Roger Black MBE

Olympic silver medallist and World Champion, Roger Black MBE, is a long-time supporter of the BHF after being diagnosed with congenital heart disease aged 11.

Over the years, Roger has been involved in various campaigns, press opportunities and events including most recently the BHF’s My Step Challenge. Roger is passionate about encouraging people of all ages to exercise and get moving – particularly those in the heart patient community.

Yinka Bokkini

Yinka Bokkini

Yinka is a Capital XTRA DJ and hosts the weekday breakfast show. When not on radio, you’ll also find Yinka on your screen, presenting numerous music events, festivals and TV documentaries.

Yinka has been involved with the BHF for a few years including hosting behind the scenes content and being a judge at our annual Heart Hero Awards. Yinka has also hosted a talk with the One Beat members, BHF’s support group for young people living with heart conditions. As someone with her own heart condition, Yinka enjoys meeting supporters, other people with heart conditions and learning more about the research we do.

Through her role as Ambassador, Yinka is passionate about providing hope and encouragement for other young people living with similar conditions.

Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Ranulph is a long-time supporter of the BHF and 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.

Ranulph has supported many campaigns and events including most recently our Beating Hearts Ball.

Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson

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

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has been involved in numerous initiatives, campaigns and events including visiting our research centres, speaking at events and most recently taking part in our annual Heart Hero Awards as both a judge and presenter.

Mac twins

Mac twins

The Macfarlane twins, Lisa and Alana, are DJs, presenters, authors and founders of The Gut Stuff – a place that advocates for good gut health.

In 2014, Lisa and Alana’s lives changed forever when their father, Kenny, suddenly died from a heart attack whilst playing golf at the age of 58. Since this tragic incident, Lisa and Alana have been committed to supporting BHF’s life saving research.

Over the years, the twins have done many things to support the BHF, from running the London Marathon in memory of their father, to attending and DJing at many of our fundraising events such as our annual Heart Hero Awards. They most recently hosted a cook along with one of our corporate partners, Mindful Chef.

Lisa and Alana have been such wonderful supporters of the BHF over the years and we are delighted to have them as Ambassadors.

Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton

Pippa has supported the BHF for many years, getting involved in several fundraising initiatives, and campaigns including the epic 3,000-mile Race Across America cycling challenge and BHF’s flagship London to Brighton Bike Ride.

Pippa has attended events, donated prizes, supported corporate partnerships and has raised vital funds for our life saving research by creating a heart healthy recipe book, Heartfelt, which is available in our online shop.

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Luke Pritchard

Luke Pritchard

Front man with legendary indie rock band, The Kooks, Luke Pritchard has a very personal connection to the BHF. He was just three years old when his father died of a heart attack – an event that has influenced his career and his music. Luke understands the devastating reality of experiencing heart and circulatory disease which is why it’s so important to Luke to support the BHF.

Luke has supported the BHF over the past few years including being involved in our Heart Hero Awards as a judge, presenter and performer. It is an honour to have Luke as a BHF ambassador and we look forward to seeing what we can create together.

Dame Esther Rantzen

Dame Esther Rantzen

Journalist and TV Presenter Esther Rantzen first started supporting us when she used our home stores 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.

Over the years, Esther has supported on various initiatives including retail campaigns and our volunteer programme. She continues to be a regular donor to our BHF shops.

David and Frankie

David and Frankie Seaman

David and Frankie Seaman became BHF Ambassadors in September 2021, having been fantastic supporters of the BHF for many years. They have been involved with many different events and campaigns including our flagship London to Brighton event that saw David take to his bike, Frankie was on the committee for the Beating Hearts Ball, David hosted our online football quiz alongside fellow former footballer Glenn Hoddle, and they have both judged our Heart Hero Awards twice.

It is an honour to have them both as Ambassadors for the BHF and we look forward to their further involvement in our work.

Graeme Souness

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 knows first hand the impact of heart and circulatory disease and is passionate about supporting people going through similar experiences. Graeme has been involved in numerous campaigns and events, he has visited our labs to learn more about our research and has met heart patients. Most recently Graeme was involved with our annual Heart Hero Awards.

James Taylor

James Taylor

Former England cricketer James Taylor was forced to retire from professional cricket when he was diagnosed with the inherited heart condition arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC).

James is passionate about supporting our life saving research to find new ways to prevent, detect and treat heart conditions like ARVC. Over the years James has visited our research lab at St Thomas’ Hospital with fellow BHF Ambassador Graeme Souness, he has supported various campaigns and fundraising events and he was involved with BHF’s Heart Hero Awards as both a judge and presenter.

Dr Hazel Wallace

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 in many different ways such as hosting various events, using her platform to help educate the public about heart disease.

She has supported corporate partnerships including our current partnership with Tesco, and most recently she featured prominently in the Heart FM x BHF ‘World Heart Day’ collaboration. In addition, Hazel often posts information about the BHF and the work we do, educating and raising awareness among her many followers.

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