Richard Lane OBE, President of Diabetes UK, has successfully raised £17,100 for diabetes research after taking part in the Hadrian’s Wall Challenge.Richard completed the 7.5 mile challenge along Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland, on Saturday 19 June during Diabetes Week. He was joined in the challenge by the Chair of Diabetes UK, Sir George Alberti and Vice President, Judith Rich OBE, as well as 50 other Diabetes UK supporters who all had the aim of raising vital funds to help improve the lives of people with diabetes.
A team effort
Richard was one of the first people in the UK to receive islet cell transplants after a long history of diabetes-related complications, comas and severe hypos. The transplants transformed Richard’s life and he has not had any serious complications since his first operation.
His original fundraising target for the challenge was £7,500 - £1,000 for every mile. However thanks to his hard work and the support from donors Richard has by far exceeded this target. This means the group’s combined fundraising figure is now in excess of £22,000.“I owe a great deal to diabetes research funded by Diabetes UK and want to continue to see more people benefit from every step forward in research that we can achieve," said Richard. “Not only have we done so well financially, but it has been such an extraordinarily enjoyable ‘team effort’, one which I will never forget!”