Laura remembers Simon in a walk around London

(L-r) Joanna Little, Laura Barlow and Emma Gueranm at CRY London Bridgewalk 2015
(L-r) Joanna Little, Laura Barlow and Emma Gueranm at CRY London Bridgewalk 2015
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Thousands of people took part in a charity walk in memory of their loved ones.

One of those determined walkers was Laura Barlow, from Fareham, who completed The Heart of London Bridges Walk in memory of her partner.

Laura and two of her friends signed up for the walk, organised by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, just months after Laura’s boyfriend died.

She says: ‘I became involved with Cardiac Risk in the Young after my partner, Simon Askew, died suddenly in April.

‘He passed away from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

‘He was aged just 28.’

The walk is one of the charity’s biggest events and around 2,000 people took part this year.

So far, The Heart of London Bridges Walk has raised more than £500,000 taking participants past 12 of the city’s most famous landmarks.

But the event held on June 28 was more poignant as it also marked the 20th anniversary of the charity.

Chief executive and founder of the charity, Alison Cox, says: ‘We are immensely grateful to Laura for signing up to our Bridges Walk and know that so many people from Fareham would have supported her every step of the way.

‘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 well as fundraising.

‘It also provides an opportunity for many of our supporters to come together and meet up with other families who are likely to have been through a similar experience to them.

‘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.’