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Runner to take on London Marathon challenge after traumatic injury

Rob sits at a table outdoors with a bowl of food in front of him. He's looking at the camera with the sea and hills behind him.

A man from Southwark is taking on the challenge of a lifetime to run this year’s TCS London Marathon to raise vital funds for us.

Rob, an accountant, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2022. He found running helpful and decided to aim to run the London Marathon. Training was going well until he was the victim of a serious assault which left him hospitalised.

He said: “I found the diagnosis of diabetes very difficult and running helped. I decided to train for the Marathon but in November last year, I was assaulted in central London and suffered a brain injury. I spent a week in the high dependency brain injury unit in hospital."

“My concentration was badly affected and a bleed in my spinal cord affected my mobility. Once home, I concentrated on stretching and then got back to running which again helped me. 

My diabetes control was also affected so recovery and getting back to proper training took time. Now, some of my favourite training runs are along the Thames towpath and also around Hyde Park.” 

Jill Steaton, our Head of South East Coast and London region, said:

“Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without the determination of our incredible fundraisers and their sponsors. It’s inspiring to hear about Rob’s efforts on our behalf and even more so given the distressing assault.

We’re very grateful to Rob for his determination and commitment - running a marathon is hard work! 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, many raising money for their favourite causes.

Rob has raised over £3,000 so far. You can donate to Rob's JustGiving page here

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