Over 1,500 people met in Southwark Park in memory of loved ones that died too soon, writes Hillary Chaisson….
Every week, an estimated twelve “fit and healthy” young people fall victim to sudden cardiac death.
The CRY (Cardiac Risks in the Young) Heart of London Bridges Walk annually brings awareness to the issue, raising over £800,000 since its launch in 2007.
This year, for the first time ever, the walk ended in Southwark Park.
Afterwards, families came together for a picnic.
There was also a dedicated quiet space with a Memory Wall.
Chief executive of the charity, Dr. Steven Cox said: “CRY’s Heart of London Bridges Walk is the most important event in our year, bringing families and friends together from all over the UK to remember the person who meant so much to them and died so suddenly
“It was both inspiring and humbling to see children, siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins and friends coming together on this special day, helping to support each other whilst also helping to raising awareness of young sudden cardiac death.”
In 80 per cent of cases of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) there will have been no signs or symptoms, which is why CRY believes proactive cardiac screening is so vitally important.
One in every 300 young people tested by CRY will be identified with a potentially life-threatening condition.
After the walk, there was a variety of musical performances on the iconic Southwark Bandstand along with speeches throughout the day, including a very personal address from CRY Founder Alison Cox.
All food vendors kindly donated 15 per cent of their profits made on the day to CRY.
You can send donations to CRY at http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/donations/