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Fun-run to raise cash for diabetes charity

By Editor
8th June 2016
Charity, Latest news

Fundraisers will walk, run or cycle 14-miles in an attempt to raise money for a “vital” Northamptonshire-based charity.

More than 30 people are expected to take part in the event on Saturday, July 9, in a bid to generate much-needed funds for the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT).

The Northampton based charity has organised the IDDT 14-Mile Challenge for the third year running following previous successes.

Oliver Jelley, organiser of the event, said: “Everyone has done an amazing job in the previous two years in raising money for the charity – and we’re hoping to go bigger and better this year.

“IDDT is a vital charity, not only for local people with diabetes but people up and down the country.”

The challenge started off in 2014 with just six people taking part, but almost doubled in size the following year with 11 people taking on the distance.

Market Harborough to Northampton

Participants will meet outside the Cinnamon Lounge, Northampton Road at 9.30am before setting off half an hour later.

Last year, a team of runners and cyclists raised almost £300 for the charity by completing the trek in glorious sunshine.

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.”

Vital independent support

The Northampton-based charity provides vital independent support for people with diabetes, their parents and carers.

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.

It is estimated that more than one in 20 people in the UK has diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed). There are 2.9 million people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK. By 2025, it is estimated five million people will have diabetes in the UK.

For more information, contact organiser Oliver Jelley by emailing on or by calling 07803 003811.

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