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21 January 2008

- British Heart Foundation’s Valentine Appeal 2008 –

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has teamed up with some of its celebrity supporters to reminisce about their childhood crushes for the charity’s Valentine Appeal.

Valentine’s offers the perfect opportunity to share memories, cringe and daydream about your first crush. From those poster covered walls, to those awful first dates – celebrities have been dishing the dirt to the BHF on their first crushes and have revealed some fantastic tales:

TV presenter, Sara Cawood, confesses: “What can I say about Phillip Schofield and Gordon the Goffer – they’re just fabulous! I had the biggest crush on Philip when I was younger - one of my main memories as a child is of The Broom Cupboard. Edd the Duck just doesn’t compare!”

Former ‘House of Tiny Tearaways’ Presenter and co-writer of ‘The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle’, Dr Tanya Bryon reminisces: “I remember thinking The Bay City Rollers, were gorgeous as I used to imagine them singing each and every one of their songs for me. My heart leapt at the chance of being transported back to one of their concerts to help the British Heart Foundation.”

The Bill star, Bruce Bryon, remembers his crush like it was only yesterday: “Blondie was definitely by biggest childhood crush. She personified cool for me, a complete blond bombshell! Maria, Heart of Glass, Hanging on the Telephone – they’re all timeless classics!”

Other famous faces sharing their first crush stories with the BHF include current WBO World Cruiserweight boxing champion, Enzo Maccarinelli, whose legs went to jelly at the thought of Weird Science star Kelly LeBrock; Sports Presenter Gabby Logan who had a soft spot for tennis ace John McEnroe; ‘A Place in the Sun’ presenter Amanda Lamb, who daydreamed over Morten Harket from the band Aha and former Emmerdale and Bad Girls actress Claire King who fell head over heels for Donny Osmond.

Join our celebrities and get involved in the BHF Valentine Appeal this year by giving a gift that saves lives to help raise £1million to fund BHF Heart Nurses and the Heart Help Line. From finding that perfect Valentine’s gift, to declaring your love in a BHF Shop window, there are many fun and adventurous ways to enjoy Valentine’s this year. Visit the microsite to find out more.

For more information, celebrity quotes and images please contact Laura Preece at the BHF press office on 020 7487 7172 or email Or, contact the press office on 07764 290 381 (out of hours).

Notes to editors:

• For more information about the Valentine Appeal or to donate please visit

• The British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity, dedicated to saving lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital information. But we urgently need help. We rely on donations of time and money to continue our life-saving work. Because together we can beat heart disease.

• The BHF’s Valentine Appeal is aiming to raise £1m to fund BHF Heart Nurses and the charity’s Heart Help Line to care for and support more heart patients and their families.

• In the UK there are 2.6 million men and women living with coronary heart disease and for some it can be frightening and debilitating. Last year BHF Heart Nurses were able to help 50,000 of these heart patients and the charity’s Heart Help Line provided support and information to 13,000 callers. But we urgently need your help to reach so many more.

• For more information on the BHF, visit

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