Waterlooville woman takes part in flagship charity walk in husband’s memory

TRAGIC Mary Stiller, centre with sunglasses, took part in CRY's fundraising walk in London
TRAGIC Mary Stiller, centre with sunglasses, took part in CRY's fundraising walk in London
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A woman from Waterlooville took part in a flagship charity event in memory of her late husband.

Mary Stiller travelled to the heart of London on Sunday to take part in the annual fundraising walk organised by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Mary became involved with CRY following the sudden death of her husband David while driving to work in 2011.

Tragically, the dad-of-two was aged just 36.

The cause was found to be sudden cardiac arrhythmia – a condition Mary and her family had never heard of and have therefore pledged to help raise greater awareness of.

The Heart of London Bridges Walk is now in its ninth year and is one of the biggest days in the charity’s calendar, raising more than £500,000 to date.

Almost 2,000 people participated, helping to raise awareness and vital funds for the charity.

Walkers passed 12 of London’s most famous landmarks – representing the deaths of the 12 apparently fit and healthy young people aged 35 and under, who die every week in the UK from sudden cardiac death.

This year has particular significance, as CRY marks its 20th anniversary

Chief executive and founder of the charity, Alison Cox MBE, said: ‘This event is always a very emotional and poignant day for everyone at CRY and over the years has become associated with raising 
awareness and remembering those young people who have died, as much as fundraising.

‘We are immensely grateful to the Stiller family 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.

‘Even after 20 years, I never fail to be astonished by the enormous courage our bereaved families have as they determine to work around their own terrible grief to fundraise for CRY, using every possible opportunity to prevent other families from suffering the same tragic experience they have endured.’