Every year thousands of people join our fight. Our Annual Review tells some of their stories and celebrates their inspirational contribution to Team BHF. Because by working together we can make a life-saving difference.
Fight for Every Heartbeat
Team BHF Member
Dr. Amer Rana
“Time is ticking, so we have to work as quickly as we can.”
Dr Amer Rana is one of our pioneering researchers.
What attracted me to research as a student? That’s easy. It was the excitement of discovery.
I work on a disease called pulmonary hypertension, where problems in the lungs cause the heart to fail. It’s devastating – most people die within five years of diagnosis.
Together with colleagues in Cambridge, I developed a way to make stem cells from routine blood samples. Using our procedure, researchers can produce an unlimited supply of stem cells from patients’ blood – which means we can study heart diseases and test potential medicines more quickly.
And as anyone with pulmonary hypertension or heart failure will tell you, there’s no time to waste.
Dr Amer Rana
Team BHF Member
“Thanks to BHF research, our little girl is thriving.”
Rosanna Ogden helped our shops raise more than half a million pounds by becoming the face of the Little Hearts campaign.
It was the very worst week of my life.
I took Rosanna for a routine check-up when she was six weeks old. The GP listened to her chest and immediately knew something was wrong. She had a tumour in her heart.
Without treatment she could die in days, so the next thing we knew she was being prepped for surgery.
She slowly got better and the doctors said getting her active would help her recovery. So when she was 10 weeks old we took her swimming. She loved the water and we’ve never looked back.
But some babies don’t make it. Rosanna is swimming for them, and to make sure we have more little miracles in the future.
Mick and Sanam Ogden
Team BHF Member
“One minute I was in a hospital bed the next I was stood next to Vinnie Jones!”
Alan Linton is alive today because his friends remembered our TV ad and gave him Hands-only CPR on a golf course in Scotland.
If you’d have told me back at the start of 2012 how my year would pan out, I’d have thought you were having a laugh.
It was February last year when Mikey, Brian, Paul and I went for a round of golf. When I fell on the floor and rolled over on the fifth green, they thought I was just messing about.
But it was no joke. I’d had a cardiac arrest. The previous week Paul had seen the BHF’s advert with Vinnie Jones doing Hands-only CPR, so he had a go.
When I’d recovered I started doing some promotional work with the BHF and out of the blue they asked me to appear in their new TV advert. It seemed like one minute I was in a hospital bed and the next I was stood next to Vinnie Jones!
Team BHF Member
“I’m part of Team BHF and it makes me feel good.”
Together with Flora pro.activ, we honoured Kay Attwood at our Love Your Heart Awards for her amazing efforts supporting our life-saving work.
I was 40. The blue lights were flashing, I was being rushed to hospital and all I could think was ‘they’re going to be furious when they realise it’s indigestion’.
I had no inkling it was a heart attack. I burst into tears when the doctors told me. I was feeling so alone. Then Diane, a BHF nurse, came to see me and it changed everything. Just to know I could talk to her if I needed was a lifeline.
After the heart attack I completely changed my lifestyle. And I joined my local BHF fundraising branch in Camberley.
When I raise money I feel like I’m paying back bit by bit for what Diane did for me.
Team BHF v Heart Disease
How We've Spent Your Money
General Medical Research
Research To Find A Cure For Heart Failure Funded By The Mending Broken Hearts Appeal
BHF Heart Nurses And Other Healthcare Professionals
Emergency Life-saving Resuscitation Programme Including Defibrillators And Heartstart Training
Grants For Other Organisations For Their Work To Help Beat Heart Disease
Heart Helpline And Heart Matters Programme
Support, Information And Campaigns For Heart Patients And General Public
Hearty Lives Programme, Reaching Communities At Most Risk Of Heart Disease
Support, Information And Campaigns For Children And Young People
Total Spent On Charitable Objectives
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We'd like to thank the following people and organisations for helping to make our life-saving year such a success.
AGA Cookshop - Arena Flowers - Bank of America - Cabinet Office - Clinton Cards - Coinstar - Collins - Dairy Crest - De Vere Group - Fidelity - Giveacar - Give as you Live - HSBC - ISS Facility Services - Lloydspharmacy - Millennium & Copthorne Hotels - Mio Cyclo - Next - Paper House Retail - Radley - Robert Half - Santander - SJ Berwin - SSE - The Football Association - Tefal - Unilever - The Recycling Factory - Villeroy & Boch - UK Greetings
BVCA - Fuse Communications - Heartbreak Gallery - Step2wo
Andrew Balfour - David Cruickshank - Denis Campbell - Harold Tillman - Ian and May McIntyre - John Lovering - Lance Trevellyan - Lord Chadlington - Nick and Lulu Rayne - Paddy McGuiness - Philip Yea - Professor Huon Gray - Richard Hytner - Robert Easton - Robert J Wellings - Roger Pilgrim - Sarah Montague - Shoshana Kazab
Kriss Akabusi - Gemma Atkinson - Duncan Bannatyne - Sir Roger Bannister - Cilla Black - Roger Black - Sir Peter Blake - Mary Berry - Ravi Bopara - Fern Britton - Amy Childs - Anita Dobson - Luke Donald - Steve Douglas - Damien Duff - Joey Essex - Chris Fountain - Angela Griffin - Tanni Grey-Thompson - Sally Gunnell - Gareth Hale - Tina Hobley - Matt Jarvis - Dr Hilary Jones - Vinnie Jones - Lorraine Kelly - Mollie King - Jules Knight - Kathy Lette - Gabby Logan - Daisy Lowe - Phil Liggett - Paddy McGuinness - Ashley McKenzie - Dame Helen Mirren - Fabrice Muamba - Clare Nasir - Sue Nicholls - Jean-Christophe Novelli - Akai Osei - Elaine Paige - Rick Parfitt - Keri-Anne Payne - Oliver Proudlock - Esther Rantzen - Roberto Heart FM - Ben Rockett - Jim Rosenthal - Rachel Stevens - Shakin’ Stevens - Sarah Storey - Joe Swash - Phil Vickery - Rudolph Walker - Melanie Walters - Fatima Whitbread - Nicola White
Copley May Foundation - Javon Charitable Trust - M&C Trust - Donald Forrester Trust - ShareGift - The Eranda Foundation - The Eveson Charitable Trust - The Fleming Family and Ian Fleming Publications - PF Charitable Trust - The Hugh Fraser Foundation - The Kathleen Laurence Charitable Trust - The Kirby Laing Foundation - The MacRobert Trust - The Thompson Family Charitable Trust
R&D Lab: Graham Bednash - Neil Caldicott - Peter Savage - Steve Sinclair
CCA Galleries - InStyle - Liz Matthews PR - Thomas Sabo - Hilary Alexander - Charlotte Appleyard - Gill Christophers - Loraine Da Costa - Georgina David - Helen David - Charlotte Dickens - Angie Drake - Gillian Duke - Cat Garrett - Rosie Hytner - Matt Kandela - Eilidh MacAskill - Liz Matthews - Catherine Rees - Natalie Silver - Richard Thomas - Julian Vogel - Charlotte Weston
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British Heart Foundation is a registered Charity No. 225971. Registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 699547. Registered office at Greater London House, 180 Hampstead Road, London NW1 7AW. Registered as a Charity in Scotland No. SC039426