Celebrities showed their support for the UK’s ‘heart heroes’ at a glitzy awards ceremony in London which marked the Evening Times’ campaigning efforts.

Photographer, model and wife of Rod Stewart Penny Lancaster, was joined by Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York) Gaby Roslin and Luke Pritchard of indie band the Kooks last night, at the British Heart Foundation event. 

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All have been affected by heart disease and helped judge entries for this year’s Heart Hero awards, which were held in the Underglobe theatre in the Southbank area.

Max Johnson was given a standing ovation as he was  presented with the British Heart Foundation Gamechanger Award.

The 11-year-old, whose life was saved with a heart transplant, helped drive the campaign in England for an opt-out transplant system. 

The Evening Times was recognised in the media champion category of the awards, which were hosted by Vernon Kay.

Reporter Caroline Wilson - who was born with a heart condition - was one of three finalists commended for her work driving the paper’s opt-out transplant campaign and a pressure drive to persuade all 32 local authorities in Scotland to teach CPR in all secondary schools. 

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The category winner was Alan Thompson, whose life was saved by five strangers using CPR and a defibrillator when he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Since his near-death experience Alan has ploughed his efforts into encouraging others to learn the life-saving skill.