AN annual walk is set to take place in support of people affected by sudden cardiac death.

The event is being held in Durham on Saturday, October 7, in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Organiser Steve Percival, became involved after being invited by his friend Jeff Morland, whose son Levon died suddenly, aged 22, from a condition known as Wolff-Parkinson White (WPW) in 2002.

He said: “The CRY Durham Walk really has gone from strength to strength over the past eight years and I’m always pleased to do whatever I can to help grow this important and poignant event.

“Last year, for the first time ever, the walk led participants through the city centre, providing an even greater opportunity to raise awareness for CRY – and we’re pleased to be doing the same again in 2017.

Dr Steven Cox, chief executive of CRY, said: “The people of Durham and the North East have always been so supportive in helping us to spread the word about CRY’s important work in the prevention of young sudden cardiac death.

“We look forward to keeping this momentum going when we return to Durham City Centre next month for the newly renamed CRY Heart of Durham Walk.”

The 8km walk begins at 11am, starting and finishing at Durham Amateur Rowing Club, in Green Lane.

Registration is £12 in advance or £15 on the day for adults and is free of charge for those who are accompanied and aged 16 and under.

Those taking part are asked to arrive at the rowing club in Green Lane between 9.30am and 10am.