A host of celebrities walked the red carpet at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London to show their support for this year’s winners of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Heart Hero Awards.
The awards, in their second year, celebrate people 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 the Duchess of York, Penny Lancaster, Luke Pritchard from The Kooks, The Mac Twins, Louisa Johnson and James Taylor.
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.”
Other awards went to three year old Daithi Mac Gabhann, who is currently awaiting a heart transplant after already enduring two open heart surgeries, and Charlie Haines, a young woman with severe heart failure who has set up a local CPR group, training 150 people in life saving skills.
One of the awards was presented by The Duchess of York, a longstanding BHF ambassador.
“They are life enhancers in every way and we are very grateful to them.”
Other celebrities who attended and showed their support for the Heart Hero Awards included: Gaby Roslin, Glenn Hoddle, Aimee Fuller, Joshua Kane, Samantha Murray, Meg Matthews, Richard Jones, Dr Zoe Williams and Anthony Ogogo.