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Take a step forward for Diabetes UK

All keen walkers are invited to take part in the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha UK Family Walk to raise money for Diabetes UK.

The 10km event takes place on Sunday 6 April 2008 at 13 locations around the country including London, Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham and Coventry.This will be the 15th walk organised by the UN-affiliated Hindu charity. Last year it raised £25,000 and this year 10 per cent of all proceeds will go to Diabetes UK, its Charity of the Year.

Why diabetes?

There are 2.3 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes and up to a further 750,000 with Type 2 diabetes who do not even know it. Diabetes is a serious condition and can lead to complications such as heart disease, strokes, kidney damage, blindness and amputation.

People of South Asian origin have a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and are likely to develop the condition and its complications at a younger age than the rest of the population. Other risk factors include being aged over 40, or 25 for people of Black and South Asian origin, being overweight or having a family history of Type 2 diabetes.

Family fun

The walk will be a great opportunity to have some family fun and a gentle work-out at the same time. Walkers can enter by visitingthe BAPS Walk website, emailinginfo@bapswalk.orgor contacting 020 8965 2651.“Diabetes is one of the biggest health threats facing the UK today," said Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK."

"By taking part in this walk, people will not only help raise vital funds for research projects but also help Diabetes UK highlight how serious the condition is.”

Other walks

The walk will take place in Ashton, Birmingham, Coventry, Havant, Leicester, London, Loughborough, Luton, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Preston, Southend-On-Sea and Wellingborough.

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