Saturday 3rd October 2020 marked the 11th CRY Heart of Durham Walk. Although due to COVID-19 we were unable to meet together, many CRY families took part in the Virtual Walk in their local communities, helping to raise awareness of CRY.
A speech recorded by CRY’s Chief Executive, Dr Steven Cox, was aired on CRY’s YouTube channel at 11:00am, introducing a 1 minute silence, providing those taking part an opportunity to reflect.
“Welcome to our 11th Durham Walk. This is such an important day for families and friends to come together, and even though it is not possible to be together physically, we do not want to lose the opportunity that this day brings, so thank you to everyone who is participating in this event whatever it is you have decided to do to mark today. The first Durham Walk took place on 9th October 2010, it marked CRY’s 15th anniversary year and it launched our Raising Awareness Week. Each year, this event has only been possible because of the support of Jeff Morland and Steve Percival, and I would like to take a moment to thank them for everything they have done for CRY, in memory of Levon. Thank you to all of you for joining us today, for ensuring that this event has been able to go ahead in light of the challenges we are all now facing. I’d now like to introduce a minute’s silence for all the young people who are no longer with us.”
Shortly after, CRY families across the UK, inland and along the coast, departed on their own walks to remember those young individuals who have died suddenly.
CRY’s Durham Walk webpage included a digital message wall displaying photographs and messages supporters had uploaded onto the webpage, including their thoughts and feelings from the day. It was important that this space was offered to help CRY families to connect and remember.
Supporters also uploaded photos of themselves raising awareness of CRY at their local landmarks in reference to the iconic Durham Cathedral and Castle that both feature on the Durham Walk route. The photos and messages were on display until 4pm on Sunday 4th October.
The webpage also included a quote from CRY supporter Jeff Morland, who supports CRY in memory of his son, Levon Morland. Jeff and fellow CRY supporter Steve Percival have both been instrumental in helping CRY organise the Durham Walk since the event began. We are eternally grateful for their continued support with the walk.
Downloadable back signs were available on the walk page for walkers to print and pin to a top or display in their window, as well as other activities including a scavenger hunt for indoors and an autumn scavenger hunt kindly provided free of charge by Simply Together (https://simplylottie.com/)
We would like to say thank you to all of our supporters for their kind continued support and patience during this difficult time. We know how important the CRY Heart of Durham Walk is to all who attend and what an emotional day it is for all involved.
Thank you also to everyone who has kindly donated towards the CRY Heart of Durham Walk, especially as there is no pressure to fundraise. Your contribution to core funding is gratefully received.
We hope to see you all next year at Durham Amateur Rowing Club on Saturday 18th September 2021. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with information about the 12th CRY heart of Durham Walk, please complete the interest list below.
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