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Kym Ryder joins Walk in the Park

Coronation Street’'s Kim Ryder led the biggest Walk in the Park yet yesterday, in London'’s Regent’s Park.

Around 700 brilliant Diabetes UK supporters put on their walking shoes and stepped out into the sunshine for the 2.5 mile route. It was a fun day for all the family with face painting and refreshments all round.

Kym, who opened the Walk, said, "“Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate and many of us are either affected by it personally, or know someone who is. Both my aunty and uncle have insulin-dependent diabetes and, sadly, the condition has left them both partially sighted.

“"Keeping active is really important in helping people with diabetes successfully manage their condition and helping those of us with a family history of Type 2 diabetes to prevent or delay the onset of the condition.

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Kym Ryder with a young fan at Walk in the Park yesterday

“"Walk in the Park is a great and fun way to introduce gentle exercise into your daily lifestyle whilst raising funds for diabetes research. I want to help Diabetes UK raise vital funds and help them to make diabetes, and its complications, a thing of the past.”"

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Mike Hales, Director of  Marketing at Diabetes UK, said, "Thanks to everyone who took part yesterday. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and I hope that you enjoyed the day as much as everyone from Diabetes UK.

"We also wish to thank Kym Ryder of 'Coronation Street' who travelled from Manchester for the event and charmed everyone with her personality and commitment to the cause."

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