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Four childhood friends raise money for Diabetes UK in memory of best friend

A group of friends who grew up in Peterborough have raised money for Diabetes UK in memory of their school friend who died suddenly this year.

Callum Westbrook, who worked for Diabetes UK, passed away in May this year after suffering an asthma attack. He was just 25 years old.


His devastated friends Niall McLoughlin, Rory Canham, Sam Kennedy and Bradley Sparkes were determined to do something to honour their friend.

Niall (pictured right, with fellow runners and Callum's girlfriend Sarah) said: “Callum was a kind-hearted, selfless man who lived his life helping others. He was a wonderful friend who we miss dearly.

“Callum cared deeply about the charity, working on a number of projects to help inform the public of the impact diabetes can have. He lived his life helping those who needed it more than him.


"The past few months have been incredibly tough and losing our best friend is something we never thought we’d have to face. We grew up together. Even though we were all nervous of the run it felt okay as we were doing it for Callum and were proud to run on behalf of Diabetes UK."

Niall McLoughlin

Callum, who lived in London and grew up in Walton, was passionate about supporting people living with diabetes after his younger sister was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

The four friends completed the Perkins Great Eastern Run Half Marathon in their home city of Peterborough last month.

They set themselves a target of £500 and have more than doubled that so far by raising £1,170.

Teresa Strange, Diabetes UK Eastern Fundraiser, said: “We are so grateful to these amazing friends who have pulled together at a time of great personal tragedy to help raise vital funds to help people living with diabetes.

“Every penny raised will help us to support the millions of people living with diabetes in the UK. Callum is very much missed by everyone at the charity, he was really committed to supporting people living with the condition and we are all determined to honour his memory by continuing to fund more research, fight for better services and ensure everyone living with condition has the best quality of life possible.”

To sponsor Niall and his friends please go to

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