Footballer's mum shows her support

In 2005 Folkestone Invicta's Paul Sykes died suddenly during a football match, aged just 28.

This month his mother Patricia Berry is travelling to London with her family to take part in the emotional annual fund-raising walk in support of the Cardiac Risk in the Young charity.

This event, on Sunday, July 20, is now in its second year and has already become the flagship in the charity's calendar.

CRY is inviting families, existing and new supporters – and anyone whose lives have been touched by this tragic condition, sudden cardiac death, to join the eight-kilometre walk across eight of London's bridges from Victoria Embankment and Westminster to London Bridge.

Walkers will again be led by world-famous opera star and veteran fund-raiser Kathryn Harries, who will be joined by a professional fitness instructor to help the crowd warm up before the walk.

CRY was launched 13 years ago to raise awareness of the conditions that can lead to sudden and unexplained cardiac death in young people. all of whom were apparently fit and healthy.

Chief executive and founder of the charity, Alison Cox, said: "We are delighted that Patricia and her family will be joining us again at this challenging and emotional event and we'll all be supporting them every step of the way."

Patricia aims to help the charity raise £80,000 from the walk.

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All funds raised will go towards CRY's vital work including developing their national screening programme, medical research, raising awareness,, and supporting both those diagnosed and families that have been bereaved.

For further information or to register to take part in the walk call the CRY office on 01737 363 222 or visit