Sunday 27th June 2021 marked the 15th anniversary of CRY’s flagship event, the CRY Heart of London Bridges Walk. Walking virtually for the second year in a row, we are pleased to say over 315 people from all over the country took part, to connect with each other and remember those they have lost. Like last year, the walk was very different from the usual event that is held in Southwark Park, London.
Although it was disappointing that we could not all walk together, it’s amazing how many people took part.
Many participants created their own walking routes this year, incorporating local landmarks, rivers, streams, bridges, rural pathways and beaches. It was so lovely to be able to see the beautiful locations that supporters walked through. Over 15 CRY staff and their families also walked on Sunday in their local areas.
Each participant/group took part for their own reason, which was expressed through our digital message wall. 80 beautiful messages were posted on the digital wall as it became the homepage of the CRY website for the day. It was a very emotional and poignant day for everyone involved.
Speeches from CRY Patron Kathryn Harries, who walked in her local hometown, and CRY Chief Executive Dr Steven Cox were broadcast live on CRY’s social media channels at 10:50 and were available for everyone to watch together virtually. This was then followed by a 2-minute silence to remember those who have died suddenly.
So many participants shared photos from their walks and picnics on social media. If you would like to send in your photos, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This year participants walked in memory of:
Tom Arthur; Claire Beer; Alexander Camilleri; Tom Clabburn; Alan Cleary; Simon Cullum; Adam Donnelly; Harry Dubois; Harry Faulkner; Anthony Fitzgerald; Rachel Gabbitas; Jake Gallagher; Ashley Goodwin; Kayleigh Griffiths; Matt Hadfield; Martin Hodgson; Emma Hurlbut; David Jenkins; Kieran Joyce; Jannik Lam; Kris Ledgard; Miriam Lee; Lauren Mead; Paul Mulford; Craig Powell; Bobby Puri; Joe Robbins; Sian Roger; Robert Rowan; Matthew Seary; Evan Shonfield; Phil Standing; Natalie Stewart; Paul Sykes; Ross Taylor; Lily Webster; Sally Wells; and Benjamin Wetherall.
It is amazing to see on the map all of the locations where participants walked. It just shows how much awareness was raised on the day throughout the UK, there was even one participant who walked in California which is just incredible.
We are hoping to be back in Southwark Park next year on Sunday 26th June 2022. To register your interest in the event, please fill out the form.