London Bridges Walk in memory of brother

Emma  Jones, left, and the McDonald family in London
Emma Jones, left, and the McDonald family in London

A Towcester family took part in the annual fundraising walk organised by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Emma Jones and her family joined the Heart of London Bridges Walk on Sunday, June 26, in memory of her brother, Ian McDonald, who died suddenly in May 2013, aged just 25.

Now in its 10th year, the walk is one of the flagship events in CRY’s calendar, raising well over £500,000 to date.

About 1,500 people walked together, passing 12 of London’s most famous landmarks, representing the deaths of the 12 apparently fit and healthy young people who die from sudden cardiac issues in the UK every week.

CRY chief executive Steve Cox said: “We are grateful to the McDonald family and friends for signing up to our Bridges Walk and know that so many people from their local area were supporting them every step of the way.”

Over the past two decades, CRY has gone from strength to strength, thanks to the generosity and fundraising efforts of the public, bereaved families, businesses and community organisations across the UK.

As a result, it has been able to develop a range of specialist services, from research and fast-track pathology through to a network of specialist bereavement support.

CRY’s pioneering screening programme also tests about 23,000 young people every year.