Friends take action after diabetes diagnosis

THREE friends are preparing to take part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK, after one of them was diagnosed with the condition. Carl Read, of Medalls Path in Stevenage, was told he had diabetes two years ago. The 27-yea

THREE friends are preparing to take part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK, after one of them was diagnosed with the condition.

Carl Read, of Medalls Path in Stevenage, was told he had diabetes two years ago.

The 27-year-old said: "When I was diagnosed I suffered with six bouts of cellulitis in my left leg which didn't respond to treatment.

"I was told that if I didn't lose some weight I would be at risk of losing my leg.

"Now I have changed my lifestyle and enjoy taking on new physical challenges such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks."

His friends, Kirsty Brown, 23, of Broadwater Avenue in Letchworth GC, and Steve Flint, 22, of Poplar Close in Hitchin, will be joining him on this epic adventure on Saturday, September 12.

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Kirsty said: "Carl has been so brave over the last couple of years and has coped with his diabetes brilliantly.

"I hope his story will inspire others, like it has inspired us, to support Diabetes UK."

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge includes the highest peaks in Yorkshire - Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough - and covers about 25 miles within about 12 hours, with a total ascent of 1,672m.

Diabetes UK is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and aims to raise �7.5 million nationally in order to continue its research work and to continue providing help and advice to the 2.7 million people who have diabetes in the UK.

To sponsor the trio, visit www.justgiving.com/kirstycarlsteve

If you would like to join the Diabetes UK team and take part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, call 01325 488606 or email northyorks@diabetes.org.uk

Places for the event are �50.

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