29th Jan, 2020

Longbridge woman completing marathon challenge in memory of her brother

Harry Leach 26th Oct, 2019

A LONGBRIDGE woman is on the verge of completing a month-long marathon in memory of her brother who died of Type 1 diabetes.

Throughout October Donna Medd has been raising cash for Diabetes UK by taking on the charity’s ‘Run26’ challenge.

The 38-year-old will covering a full marathon distance, 26.2 miles, over the course of a month.

Donna can choose when and where she runs and for how long.

“In July we lost my brother Neil and it has been very distressing for me and my family.

“Neil struggled to manage his diabetes for the last 12 years of his life.

“Going out running not only makes me feel better but it also helps me reflect while raising money.”

Donna is hoping to raise awareness of the condition as her niece Ella also has Type 1 diabetes.

There is an estimated 4.7 million people living with diabetes in the UK.

About 8 per cent of those have Type 1.

No one knows what causes it, but experts say it’s not to do with being overweight.

With the right treatment, knowledge and support people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy lives.

Julie Wood, fundraising manager for Diabetes UK , said: “We’re really grateful to Donna for supporting our ground-breaking research, care services and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes.

“Every penny raised will help us to support the millions of people living with diabetes in the UK.”

To sponsor Donna visit https://run26.diabetes.org.uk/pages/donna-1

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