Two fundraisers from Cardigan raised £3,205 for Diabetes UK Cymru by walking the length of the London Marathon.
Pam Morris, 57, and Paul Davies, 60, (both pictured) joined 500 other people for the London Marathon Walk on 23 September. The 26.2-mile route took walkers past some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge.
Heck of a trek
The duo started walking from Chiswick in West London at 8am and completed their trek in just under 10 hours, taking only a short break for some food. They finished the walk at 6pm and were met by Paul’s daughter Steph Davies and her partner Dean at the finish line.
Pam and Paul are part of the Cardigan Charity Fundraising Appeal, which has raised over £25,000 for local charitable causes over the last four years. They decided to fundraise for Diabetes UK Cymru as a number of their family members have been affected by the condition. Paul’s brother Derrick, 71, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes over 10 years ago and his sister Wendy has higher blood glucose levels than normal (known as prediabetes), putting her at risk of Type 2 diabetes. Pam’s husband Keith, 60, was diagnosed with Type 2 in 2009 and his sister Anne also has the condition.
An important cause
Paul said: “Pam and I had a fantastic time on the walk. The weather was perfect, and we got lots of positive comments for walking with our Welsh flag. It was a huge challenge for us mentally and physically, but we’d been training since March so were well prepared. We especially liked that the route was flat. Pam doesn’t like hills!
“We are both thrilled that we managed to raise so much money for such an important cause. We had such a good experience that we have signed up to do the walk again next year, and hopefully we’ll be able to beat our time.”
Wales has the highest prevalence of diabetes in the UK, with 7.1 per cent of people aged 17 and over living with the condition. A further 57,000 are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. This means we are all likely to know someone affected. It’s only thanks to fundraisers like Paul and Pam that we can continue to support the 188,000 people across Wales with the condition.
If you’re inspired by Paul and Pam’s trek, find out more about how you can support Diabetes UK Cymru on our fundraising page.