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Kent mum, inspired by daughter, takes on London Marathon challenge for Diabetes UK

Emma Grant and Felicity Grant

A mum from Hildenborough, near Tonbridge in Kent, is taking on the challenge of a lifetime to run this year’s TCS London Marathon and raise money for Diabetes UK.

Emma Grant was inspired to take on the gruelling 26-mile challenge, which takes place on Sunday 23 April, after her daughter Felicity was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2020 at the age of 10.

Emma said of Felicity's diagnosis: 

During the first lockdown, my daughter was ill with shingles. Shortly afterwards, she became very unwell within a short space of time, experiencing the scariest week of her life with diabetic ketoacidosis, struggling to breathe and stay conscious. The medical team in Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells saved her life.

"My daughter is 13 now and thriving, enjoying aerial gymnastics and amateur dramatics. I want to give back and raise as much as I can to fund research to one day find a cure.”

Diabetic ketoacidosis, also known as DKA, can happen when there is a severe lack of insulin in the body. This means the body can’t use sugar for energy and starts to use fat instead. When this happens, chemicals called ketones are released. If left unchecked, ketones can build up and make your blood become acidic. This can be life-threatening if it's not treated quickly.

Emma has been training hard, recently completing the London Winter Run 10k and the Headcorn Half Marathon as part of her training plan. She added: 

“I love running and my training is going well and building up slowly. I’m increasing the time on my feet, making sure I have rest days, and getting support from my local running community.”

Emma has raised £2,260 for Diabetes UK so far and would like to raise more.

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK Head of South East Coast and London, said:

“Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without the determination and generosity of our incredible fundraisers.

“We are extremely grateful to Emma for her commitment - running a marathon is no mean feat! The money raised will help fund ground-breaking research, care services and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes.”

The London Marathon starts in Blackheath in Greenwich and ends 26.2 miles later at Buckingham Palace. Around 38,000 people take part each year, raising money for their favourite causes. It takes in many of London’s famous landmarks.

Support Emma on her JustGiving page

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