HUNDREDS of supporters took to the streets in memory of young people who died suddenly from a “hidden” heart condition.

The eighth annual Cry Heart of Durham Walk took place on Saturday, with 230 participants from as far afield as Gloucester, Dorset and Glasgow.

Organiser Steve Percival, became involved with Cardiac Risk in the Young after being invited by his friend Jeff Morland, whose son Levon died suddenly, aged 22 in 2002.

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Mr Percival said: “Cry’s 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.

“I’m pleased to say we had the same positive impact again this year, thanks to the hard work and commitment of our team of volunteers.”

Since 2010, the event has raised more than £60,000 for research, screening and bereavement support.

Cry chief executive Dr Steven Cox added: “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 – and this year was no exception as, once again, there was a wonderfully warm welcome for everyone involved with the newly-renamed Cry Heart of Durham Walk.

“We would again like to thank Durham Amateur Rowing Club for its ongoing support and providing the perfect venue for walkers to meet up before departure.”