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Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in 2015, Awareness, CRY London Bridges Walk, Fund-raising event

Wow! What a turn out for @CRY_UK London Bridges walk

CRY:  Team Tom 2015

Team Tom VIII – or most of them – walking for Claire and Tom. With thanks to David Bentley for the picture.

A huge ‘thank you’ to all those who walked in memory of Tom and Claire at CRY’s annual Heart Of London Bridges Walk on Sunday, June 28.

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised but Ellen and I were astounded by the turn out – more than 60 people took part for Team Tom VIII.  It’s one of our largest-ever groups of walkers.

Team Tom VIII helped CRY achieve a record number of walkers with more than 1,800 people taking part. To put that in context, when we first took part in 2008 – only CRY’s second Bridges event – there were around 600 walkers in total.

Raising awareness is a key purpose of the walk and the growing numbers reflects that the message is spreading. Anyone who has ever walked has played a part in that.

If you also raised funds, it’s hugely appreciated. On that note a special thanks to Ann Huybrechts and former BBC colleagues of Claire’s who were sponsored to the tune of more than £1,600. A brilliant effort. If there were others who raised money that we don’t know about, please contact us.

We were also touched by those, young and a tad older, who made the effort to greet the walkers at the finish. They included Jacob, below. It’s for people like him that CRY exists, to give young people the opportunity to be screened (OK, so he’s got 13 years and 49 weeks to go before he’s eligible but we like the picture).


Sleep easy: Three-week-old Jacob supports CRY’s campaign.

To all who walked, we can but say again: ‘Thank you’.