At 10:30am on July 8, a group of seven practitioners started the trip at the Victoria Square in Birmingham. Two of them will walk the whole trip of 350 km to London.

The UK Falun Gong Information Center released a press statement on the SOS Urgent Rescue Walk to several dozens of news agencies in London, as well as to the local newspaper and government offices along their trip, calling for the urgent rescue of Falun Gong practitioners persecuted in China.