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West Sussex Runner takes on London Marathon challenge

Sally Haler wearing a Diabetes UK t shirt

A woman from Cocking in West Sussex is taking on the challenge of a lifetime to run this year’s TCS London Marathon to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Sally Hayler, 31, who works in digital marketing for a pet food company, was inspired to take on the gruelling 26-mile challenge - on Sunday, 21 April - because her nephew has type 1 diabetes.

She said:

“My nephew Ethan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during Lockdown when he was just eight. He’s my favourite person in the world and he was very poorly when he was diagnosed with diabetes.

“He is turning 11 this month and is dealing with it very well!  He loves to make people aware of diabetes - being the only kid at school with the condition. He makes YouTube videos to help people, he has taken part in two fundraising challenges and even hosted a ‘wear blue day’ at school to support my fundraising.

“I’m astounded by how well he’s adapted and how resilient he is.”

People with type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin. About 8% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. No one knows exactly what causes it, but it isn’t currently preventable. It’s the most common type of diabetes in children and young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly. Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses taken either by injections or via an insulin pump.

Sally added:

“I am a total non-runner so have found the training tough. I am a serial quitter when it comes to exercise or resolutions so I’m really proud that I’ve stuck to the plan and feel confident with my training runs.

Sally is hoping to raise £2,100 and says fundraising is going well, adding: “I have put on cake sales, lots of table-top sales and have also hosted a pottery day.”

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 and it’s inspiring to hear about Sally’s efforts on our behalf and on behalf of Ethan.

“We’re very grateful to Sally for her commitment - running a marathon is hard work, not to mention all the fundraising! 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, raising money for their favourite causes. It takes in many of London’s famous landmarks.

Sally has a JustGiving / fundraising page at Sally Hayler is fundraising for Diabetes UK (

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