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A Chance To Connect And Remember: Trinity Reflects On Cry’s Heart Of London Bridges Walk 2024

 Today (July 3rd) is National Bereaved Parents Day (part of a month-long awareness campaign) and as such, it feels fitting to look back to CRY’s (Cardiac Risk in the Young) recent Heart of London Bridges Walk, the charity’s annual, flagship event which members of Team Trinity were once again privileged to both work and volunteer at.

Sunday June 23rd saw more than 1100 people come together in London’s Southwark Park, ready to walk ‘shoulder to shoulder’ in memory of those young people who had suddenly lost their lives due a previously undiagnosed or hidden heart condition.

The event – which comprises a 10km course walking across some of London’s most iconic bridges and along its pretty cobbled streets) –  was first established in 2007 – and year on year, grows in poignancy (as well as  participant numbers). All those who took part were united by a shared understanding and recognition of the 12 apparently “fit and healthy” young people (aged 35 & under) who die every week in the UK from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

Just before the walk commenced at 11am, CRY’s CEO, Dr Steven Cox and the charity’s consultant Cardiologist, Professor Sanjay Sharma, addressed the crowd from Southwark Park’s iconic bandstand – talking through recent achievements in CRY’s ongoing mission to prevent young sudden cardiac death and highlighting key milestones, most notably the fact more than 300,000 young people have now had their hearts tested through CRY’s nationwide pioneering screening programme!

Every week in the UK, 12 young (aged 35 and under) young people die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. In 80% of cases of young sudden cardiac death there will have been no signs or symptoms, which is why CRY believes proactive cardiac screening is so vitally important. As such, CRY strives to tests over 25,000 young people each year aged between 14 and 35. One in every 300 young people tested by CRY will be identified with a potentially life-threatening condition.

Trinity Director, Jo Hudson, who has headed up CRY’s Press Office since 2005 says; “Attending the CRY “Bridges Walk” is a highlight of Trinity’s calendar – we were there at the first ever event in 2007 and it’s been such an honour to watch it grow and develop over the past 18 years. So many of our team – past and present – have stepped up to work as part of the Press Office crew on the day, meeting families, connecting supporters and helping participants to ‘tell their story’ and share experiences with relevant media. Once our job is done, some of the team (and our families) will then don a CRY t-shirt and join the incredible band of volunteers for the rest of the day. If a day can be humbling, inspiring, emotional, powerful, uplifting and upsetting in equal measure, then this is it – and we’re very proud and always willing to be a part of it.”

CRY has a dedicated and unique bereavement support programme to support families (most often, parents) after the tragedy of a young sudden cardiac death of a person aged 35 or under; https://www.c-r-y.org.uk/bereavement/

CRY wants every young person to have the opportunity to have their heart tested. Any person age 14-35 can go to www.testmyheart.org.uk  to book a free heart screening.

 

 

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