Lancashire Post, 1st July 2019
Viv Christopher lost her daughter Katrina in 2005 and then lost another daughter, Cheryl, in 2012. Both young women died in their sleep of undiagnosed heart conditions. Following their deaths, Viv set up a memorial fund with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in order to fund heart screenings for young people in her local area. Recently, in order to raise money for the fund she took part in the annual CRY Heart of London Bridges Walk which saw her walking five and a half miles across the city.
“This walk happens every year,” Viv said. “All the families and friends of loved ones who have passed away meet together and we do the walk. Everyone has photos of their loved ones on their t-shirts and it is very emotional. We walked, taking in places like the London Bridge, Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. It is a beautiful walk and we chat and reminisce about our loved ones.” She added: “I walk in memory of my precious daughters Katrina and Cheryl and in doing so, it helps to raise awareness.”
Of the money she’s raised thus far Viv said: “It is an absolute shock to me how much money has been raised. People have been so kind and I want to thank everyone who has supported me, especially all the friends and family who walked along side us in memory of our girls. I really appreciate it. All the money will go towards vital research and heart screenings through CRY. So far, the memorial fund has raised £46,000, which is absolutely amazing.” Read More