Mum joins walk in memory her sons

Margaret Wilson, front centre, with family and friends walking in memory of her two sons James and Leon in the CRY charity walk. Picture by Doug Moody Photography
Margaret Wilson, front centre, with family and friends walking in memory of her two sons James and Leon in the CRY charity walk. Picture by Doug Moody Photography
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A South Shields mum joined more than 300 others to take part in an annual charity walk in memory of her two sons.

Margaret Wilson took part in the annual CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) Durham Riverside Walk to raise funds for the organisation.

Margaret became involved following the sudden deaths of both her sons from previously undiagnosed heart conditions.

James was just 35 when he died in 2009. Tragically, Leon died just two years later, aged 31, with his death recorded as ‘SADS’.

Margaret said: “I knew nothing about CRY until I looked into offering flower donations from the funerals. Since then I became involved with ‘Dancing for Charity’ (DFC).

“I joined on a social basis and found that one of the organisers was very keen to donate to CRY as a young member in her family was lost to a heart condition.

“Since then DFC has donated on a yearly charity night and a ‘dance-a-thon’ was organised with my husband and three other male members danced with ladies at 50p a dance.

“This money along with the entrance dance fee and raffle raised over £2,000.”

The Durham Walk was founded in 2010 by local man Jeff Morland following the sudden death of his son, Levon, aged 22, in 2002 from a condition known as Wolff-Parkinson White (WPW).

CRY thanked Durham Amateur Rowing Club for its support by providing a venue, Durham Market Place for donating an awareness stand and Harrogate Spring Water for donating bottles of water.

Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of at least 12 apparently fit and healthy people, aged 35 and under, in the UK every week.