Heart patients Gabriela Atkins, 10, and Calum Morris, 12, completing the record-breaking chain
The British Heart Foundation has broken a Guinness World Record for the longest chain of paper hearts to mark Valentine's Day.
Through its network of shops and supporters, it asked people to write messages of love and support to people affected by heart disease, or in memory of people they had lost, and created a chain of 17,939 hearts. The chain is 1.5 miles long, the equivalent to 25 football pitches.
This surpassed the previous record, set by Moët Hennessy UK, by over 6,000 hearts.
Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “The British Heart Foundation is committed to funding over half a billion pounds of new research before 2020 to help bring an end to this heartbreak.
“Bringing together so many tender yet powerful messages of love, support and hope through this Guinness World Records title attempt shows that we’re standing united against heart and circulatory disease.”