Friends of tragic Gidea Park teen fundraise in her honour
PUBLISHED: 14:29 08 July 2014 | UPDATED: 15:46 08 July 2014
Three young girls have travelled to the heart of London to take part in an annual fundraising walk.
Ravina Bhanot, Isabelle Bishop and Sarah Newell took part in the Cardiac Risk in the Young (Cry) event on Sunday, in memory of their friend Aashi Sinha, a Gidea Park teenager who died after collapsing from a suspected undiagnosed heart problem last year.
The girls, of Snaresbrook, attended the same school as Aashi, Forest School College Place, until upper 6th when Aashi suddenly died just before her A levels.
More than 1,000 walkers left Victoria Embankment for the three-hour journey to Hay’s Galleria, near London Bridge, for the eighth annual event.
Ravina said: “It was great. It was a relaxed walk and there was a mutual link as everyone there had lost someone due to a cardiac problem.
“Aashi was close to all of us. She was a family girl, bright and clever. She had so much ahead of her.
“Events like this are a great way to raise awareness because not many people know and it puts the charity on the map.”
Each year participants pass by 12 of London’s most famous landmarks to represent the deaths of the 12 apparently “fit and healthy” young people who die every week in the UK from sudden, undiagnosed cardiac conditions.
Chief executive and founder of the Cry, Alison Cox MBE, said: “It was wonderful. The majority of the walkers will have personally experienced the devastating impact of young sudden cardiac death. I still find it humbling that these families are able to see through their own grief to fundraise for us.”
The girls will also take part in the London 10k run this Sunday - and set a combined fundraising target of £1,000 for the two events - which they have already surpassed.
And donations can still be made to Ravina, Isabelle and Sarah, by visiting justgiving.com/running-for-aashi.