Help those with diabetes

I am writing to ask your readers to be part of something amazing by joining Team Diabetes UK and running at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, taking place on Sunday, April 26. We’re looking for support from runners who already have their own place in the marathon, but haven’t yet decided which charity to run for.

In Hastings alone there are currently 9,800 people living with diabetes, as well as a further 3,600 who have Type 2 diabetes but don’t yet know it. Diabetes is not something to be taken lightly – it’s a serious condition that, if not properly managed, can lead to devastating complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and amputation.

By joining Team Diabetes UK at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, runners will be raising money to provide vital information and support to local people with diabetes as well as increasing awareness for those who are as yet undiagnosed. We campaign for better treatment and care for people with diabetes, as well as funding pioneering, life-changing research into care, treatment and prevention.

It is one of the world’s biggest marathons and the largest annual fundraising event on the planet with an estimated 40,000 runners taking part. The course passes through some of the capital’s most iconic sights including Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye before the finish line along the iconic Mall.

Runners will be cheered on by Diabetes UK supporters from cheer points at 12 and 24 miles, giving them an extra boost towards the finish line.

All runners who join the Diabetes UK team receive a branded vest complete with personalised lettering, crazy hair, a fundraising toolkit, online support, training tips, and are invited to the brilliant post-event Cool Down Party, complete with massage therapists to ease those aching muscles.

If you would like to run for Diabetes UK, please contact our events fundraising team on 0345 123 2399 or email

Clare Allen

Fundraising events manager

Diabetes UK South East