We were pleased to join 132 of our supporters on Sunday 18th September for the 13th CRY Heart of Durham Walk.
We appreciate the effort every single person made to be there on the day, to come together to reflect and remember those who have died due to Young Sudden Cardiac Death, and to support those who have been diagnosed with an inherited cardiac condition.
The weather was kind to us throughout the day, remaining dry and bright.
As always, everything was a real team effort! The event was attended by CRY staff Lily Burke, Cara MacMillan, Hannah Walker and Ben Robinson.
Walkers started arriving from 9:30am, to Durham Amateur Rowing Club, to get checked in. We were also pleased to welcome 31 people who registered for the event on the day.
Once everyone had arrived, Jeff Morland, who worked with CRY to organise the first Durham Walk 13 years ago, in memory of his son Levon, gave a speech at the rowing club. Jeff spoke of the significance of the day, the heartbreak that follows losing a young person, and the importance of preventing such tragedies from continuing to happen. He then read the names of each young person our supporters were walking in memory of. Jeff concluded his speech by asking walkers to ‘fly the flag’ in the city centre and reminded them to ‘enjoy the walk’ and ‘remember what it’s about’.
At 11am, participants started to set off from the rowing club and walk along the river, toward the city centre. Soon, there was a sea of CRY T-shirts visible to passers-by. Our walkers then crossed over the River Wear by bridge, taking in picturesque views of the famous Cathedral. Some may have chosen to go inside the Cathedral and light a candle during their walk, before joining up with the rest of the walkers, and travelling through the bustling Market Place.
As the afternoon progressed, walkers began to retrace their steps along the River Wear, possibly spotting some local rowers, before gradually returning to the club.
Once our wonderful supporters had completed the walk, they could collect their well-deserved medals and have a sit down, under the rowing club’s impressive canopy. Some chose to grab a drink, or some food from the club’s bar and kitchen, some spoke to other supporters and CRY staff, and for some, this was a time for quiet reflection. Supporters were also writing message cards in honour of their loved ones and pinning them up the message wall, in the CRY Support Marquee. Throughout the day, people were also adding messages and photos to the digital message wall up on the CRY website, to pay tribute to those they walked in memory of.
There were also lots of photos being taken throughout the day of our walkers in their CRY T-shirts (and plenty of cute dog and puppy snaps too, of course!).
Walkers then filled in some much-appreciated feedback forms, before setting off on their journeys home. By around 4:30pm, the event was wrapped up for another year! We are so thankful to everyone that came.
This year, participants were walking and volunteering in memory of: Jack Balfour; Lewis Barry; Mark Batson; Andrew Callender; Joseph Clark; Charlie Craig; Adam Dearnley; Ben Forsyth; Dean Henderson; Mathew Hesmondhalgh; Neil Hustwit; John Ibbotson; Stephen Lamb; Alan Lumley; Pat McLaughlan; Stephanie McLean; Levon Morland; Kevin Paterson; John Paul; Charlotte Richardson; Christopher Rushton; Mike Scott; Martyn Skinner; Robert Daniel Smith; Rab Wardell; James Weaver; and David White.
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