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Coronation Street star backs Walk in the Park

Help raise vital funds for people with diabetes by joining Diabetes UK's Walk in the Park.

Walk in the Park, sponsored by sanofi-aventis UK, is a fun event for all the family happening in parks across the UK this summer. Registered walkers will each receive a baseball cap and everyone who completes the route will receive a medal.

This year Kym Ryder of Hear'Say and Coronation Street fame is fronting Walk in the Park. Kym will launch Walk in the Park 2007 at the Regent's Park walk in London on 10 June, on the first day of Diabetes Week.

Kym (pictured above) 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.

“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.”


Catriona Finlayson, Events Manager at Diabetes UK, added: "It is really important that we get as many people along to the walks as possible this year.

"It is a super, family day out to support such an important cause. Living a healthy lifestyle is important for good diabetes control and walking is a great way to become more active. I would urge everyone to find their nearest walk and come and join us."

Walk in the Park is an annual event and has grown in popularity since starting in 1998. This year there will be over 100 walks in parks up and down the UK. Diabetes UK is hoping that thousands of walkers will take part to help reach this year’s overall target of £320,000 for diabetes research projects. Previous walks have raised over £1,100,000 in total.

For the fourth year running, pharmaceutical company sanofi-aventis UK will be supporting the walks. Nigel Brooksby, Managing Director of sanofi-aventis UK says: “We are extremely proud to be sponsoring Walk in the Park again this year. The event not only provides a fantastic opportunity to highlight the importance of keeping active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prevent and manage diabetes, but also raises lots of money towards Diabetes UK’s research projects.”

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