Barbara Jones, 46, is getting set to run her first-ever 10K to support us, inspired by her family’s experience of Type 1 diabetes.
Barbara, from Llandudno Junction, is taking on this year’s Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run on Sunday 19 May.
Barbara’s reason to run
Barbara was inspired to take part in the race as her daughter, Catrin, 22 has Type 1 diabetes, as did her late father, Michael.
Barbara said, “Catrin developed Type 1 diabetes when she was 11. I thought she just had a virus, but I took her to the GP who confirmed it was Type 1 diabetes. She spent 10 days in hospital. It was an awful shock to us all.
“My father was diagnosed in his late twenties and always struggled with his condition. He was frequently in hospital due to diabetes complications and was devastated when his sight deteriorated. He passed away very suddenly aged 51 following a brain haemorrhage and we miss him every day.”
“I want to raise as much as I can”
The race will be Barbara’s first 10K and she has been training hard.
Barbara said, “I’m feeling nervous but excited. It won’t be easy but I am determined to complete it. My daughters and my partner will be there and it will be a huge relief to see them cheering at the finish line!”
“I want to fund more research into Type 1 diabetes and the technology that helps people to manage their condition. I just want to raise as much as I can.”
Our work wouldn’t be possible with our incredible fundraisers like Barbara. Thank you so much for your support! We are the official charity partner of the Simplyhealth Great Run Series 2019, including the Great Manchester Run.