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Fundraisers complete challenge for diabetes charity

By Editor
16th June 2015
Charity, Latest news

A team of runners and cyclists raised almost £300 for a diabetes charity by completing a 14-mile challenge.

They ran and biked along the Brampton Valley Way from Market Harborough, in Leicestershire, to Northampton on Saturday, June 6, for the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) in a bid to generate much-needed funds.

The 11 fundraisers included three runners, seven cyclists and ‘mascot’ Archie Jelley, son of the organiser, who rode in a bike trailer behind mum Claire Jelley’s bicycle.

Two of the cyclists – Caroline York and Una Loughran – cycled the route twice, racking up a total of 28 miles in the charity’s Striding out for Diabetes challenge.

Everyone did brilliantly in completing a tough challenge in hot and dry conditions

Oliver, 33, from Scotland Road, Market Harborough, who organised the event and edits The Diabetes Times, said: “Everyone did brilliantly in completing a tough challenge in hot and dry conditions. Last year when we started this challenge six of us took part and this year we had 11 so it’s building nicely – next year we’re hoping for more.”

The charity formed in 1994 to fight for choice of insulin for all. It now provides a free, confidential helpline, has published dozens of helpful publications, stages events and lobbies the government on behalf of its members.

Martin Hirst, IDDT Chief Executive, said: “We, like every charity, are reliant on donations so we are extremely grateful for these vital funds. The money will go towards enabling us to continue to support people with diabetes who live with a lifelong health condition, which if not managed properly can lead to devastating consequences, including amputation, blindness and kidney failure.”

Donations can still be made, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/oliver-jelley/.

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