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Diabetes UK Head of Communications runs Virgin London Marathon for us

Our Head of Communications, Paul McDonald, is running the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 17 April to raise funds for the charity. Diabetes UK is close to Paul’s heart as his grandmother has Type 2 diabetes and his uncle died from a heart attack related to his Type 1 diabetes a few years ago.

'Important to raise as much awareness as possible'

Paul said: "Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK at the moment which is why I feel it is important to raise as much awareness as possible."

Paul ran a half marathon in Windsor last year for Diabetes UK, and has previously taken part in numerous running events. However, he says the marathon is his toughest challenge yet: "Training has been a lot harder than I thought it would be and I’ve injured my back which doesn’t help! Thankfully physio is helping to sort that out."

Despite his injury, Paul is hoping for a fast time on the day and to raise £2,000 in sponsorship.

Funds raised will help us continue our work

Diabetes UK Events Manager, Hannah Mullervy, said: "On behalf of everyone at Diabetes UK I would like to convey our thanks to Paul and wish him the best of luck with the race.

"The funds Paul raises will go a very long way in helping us continue to support the 2.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, help us find the estimated 850,000 people who are unaware they have Type 2 diabetes, and fund research into finding a cure."

Virgin London Marathon places still available

Diabetes UK still has places available on the 2011 Virgin London Marathon team for those who have their own place but have not yet chosen a charity. Contact the Events Fundraising team on 020 7424 1000 or

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