Members of a British Heart Foundation Heart Support Group were surprised by a special guest when Pippa Middleton, one of their Ambassadors, joined them to share a heartfelt afternoon tea this week at Grace Belgravia London’s leading health, wellbeing and lifestyle club.

Members of the London Heart Support Groups met with Pippa Middleton to sample dishes from her latest collaboration with the BHF – Heartfelt, a recipe book featuring over 100 delicious recipes for a heart healthy lifestyle. All proceeds from the book will help BHF fund life saving research to fight heart disease.

Eileen Hunt, a member of the Lewisham Heart Support Group, says: "I had such a wonderful afternoon. I’d heard about the new cook book but hadn’t had a chance to take a look at it yet. Having Pippa there and getting to sample some of the tasty dishes was such a wonderful surprise and a lovely treat.

“After having open heart surgery 3 years ago, I always try to eat a healthy diet. Heartfelt has given me lots of ideas about how I can be more adventurous with food, whilst still keeping it healthy.”

Pippa adds: "It was such a pleasure to meet members from British Heart Foundation Heart Support Groups and hear about each of their challenging journeys. The determination and energy in the room was inspiring.

“As an Ambassador, I care deeply about the work of the British Heart Foundation. It was wonderful to see first-hand the difference Heart Support Groups make to people’s lives and it was a pleasure to share some of the dishes from Heartfelt with the group.

“Through Heartfelt I want to demonstrate how easy it is to create simple dishes that help with nutritious eating and focus on nourishing meals which are good for the heart. I hope readers will benefit not only from a growing awareness of the importance of heart health, but also from the idea that healthy food is not just good for you, it can also be fun to prepare and delicious to eat.”

The BHF has over ["250 Heart Support Groups ":] which bring hope and a healthier lifestyle to thousands of heart patients and their families across England and Wales. These groups are open to anyone with any kind of heart condition as well as their partners and families.

Members of the groups shared their experiences with Pippa over some delicious heart-healthy treats from Heartfelt including salmon topped spelt and beetroot blinis; beetroot falafels with yoghurt dressing; oaty drop scones with cranberries and banana and blueberry and oat muffins.

Heartfelt is full of easy to create recipes for anyone wanting to eat well to help protect their heart health. Pippa worked with a team of experts in the production of Heartfelt and is passionate about delicious food and a healthy, active approach to life. Her production team included Waitrose Weekend Food Editors, who supported on recipe development, and our Registered Dietitians who ensured the recipes are not only delicious and simple to produce but also a good fit for a heart healthy diet.

Get your copy of Heartfelt here.

Source: British Heart Foundation

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