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Driving for diabetes

Diabetes UK supporter, Ken Robson, will be 'Driving for Diabetes' to raise funds for the charity this summer - and he needs your help.

Ken is from the Bristol Pegasus Motor Club and will raise money for Diabetes UK by driving to the Spa Francorchamps Formula 1 Circuit in Belgium and drive round the circuit. He will then drive to the world famous Nurburgring in Germany and also do a circuit. The ‘Driving for Diabetes’ event will take place from 4 to 8 August 2008.

Ken, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 2006, will take his Marlin 5exi sports car and will be accompanied by his good friend Dave Bence who will be driving his Onyx Firefox and providing mechanical support.

Sponsor a sports car

To raise funds Ken is giving individuals and companies the opportunity to have their name and logo professionally displayed on his car which will feature in any publicity the event receives. Individuals can have their name featured on the car for the £10 while the price for company logos starts from £50.

Vital support

“After being diagnosed with a rare form of diabetes in 2006 which led to other complications and took a full year to get under control, Diabetes UK and my medical team were integral in helping me manage this condition," said Ken Robson.

"I am extremely grateful to Diabetes UK for all of their help and support and after being so ill. I am delighted to be fit enough to undertake one of my lifetime ambitions and help raise awareness and money for them.”

Raising awareness

Sarah Cummins, Diabetes UK South West Regional Fundraising Manager, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of diabetes and fundraise at the same time. In the South West, 190,000 people have diabetes and over 50,000 people have the condition but do not realise they have it.

"Nationally over 2.3 million people have diabetes. We are very excited to be involved with Ken and this exciting fund raising opportunity.”

If you would like to sponsor Ken for this unique event, please phone Sam Cullen at Diabetes UK South West on 01823 324007 or emailsam.cullen@diabetes.org.uk

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