Our Ambassadors

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Adrian Purtell
Sally Bee with her children
Willie Poching
Paul Silky Jones
Clare Elsley
James Gosling
Matt Hickling

We're proud of our ambassadors who put themselves out to promote our charity and the work we do as well as helping out at events and acting as our spokespeople.

People like Rugby Super League star Adrian Purtell, who four years ago suffered a heart attack after a game, yet with sheer determination and hard work is back playing the sport he loves for Bradford Bulls.

Also on board is TV cook Sally Bee who suffered three heart attacks when she was just 36 with a rare heart condition that almost ended her life.  More than a decade on, she's on ITV Daytime with Lorraine Kelly and encouraging people to live and eat healthily - something she believes helped save her life.  She's delighted to be a Heart Research UK ambassador and help us spread the healthy living message.

There's also former Leeds and Wakefield Rugby Super League player Willie Poching, now assistant head coach at Hull Kingston Rovers, who has also bounced back after a heart attack and is happy to support us in encouraging others to take the heart-healthy route and look after themselves through exercise and healthy eating.

Former world boxing champion Paul "Silky" Jones came on board with Heart Research UK to get lifestyle messages across to middle-aged men, encouraging them to exercise through exercises like skipping - a simple way to give your heart a healthy work out.  He continues to promote healthy heart messages on our behalf.

Young boxer Tommy Frank, one of the country's most promising fighters, is a Heart Research UK ambassador for young people and "Helping Little Hearts".  He was born with a hole in the heart which was corrected when he was five years old, and now he's an inspiration to other young people by proving that you can overcome health setbacks and still have a career in sport.  He recently turned professional and won his first pro fight.

Clare Elsley is an England Indoor netball player and in 2016 won a gold medal at the World Championships in New Zealand for her country.  Clare's netball career was halted when she became ill with an irregular heartbeat and has had a pacemaker fitted that has transformed her life and enabled her to get back to doing the sport she loves.   She is determined to promote the benefits of sport and encourage those in her situation to remain positive as they too can still get to the top of their sport. We're delighted to have her supporting our charity and inspiring others.

Our latest ambassador is wheelchair athlete Matt Hickling who will be helping us to inspire disabled people to look after their hearts.  Matt, who is 23, was born with a disability that affects the control of his arms and legs.  He is confined to a wheelchair, but it hasn’t stopped him having a positive outlook on life that inspires others.

Outside of sport is our Healthy Living Ambassador, James Gosling, who has cerebral palsy and uses his positive attitude to give inspirational talks to disabled people about keeping their hearts healthy and overcoming many of the challenges that life sometimes throws at us.  We're so pleased that James is helping us by demonstrating that determination gets you a long way.

We're proud to have ambassadors like this as we encourage people to look after their hearts so that they can live healthier, happier and longer lives.