A diabetic medic at Northampton General Hospital will be among those raising millions for good causes in this weekend’s London Marathon.
David Stock, orthopeadic surgeon at Northampton General Hospital, is running for the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation, as he is an insulin-dependent diabetic himself.
And, as the 50-year-old has already raised his target amount, any further donations will be going to the Diabetes Centre at NGH.
To give his attempt a novel twist, he will be using the blood-monitoring equipment he is raising money for to keep him healthy through the 26 miles.
He said: “I hate running, always have done, being a ball sports person.
“My diabetes will make completing the marathon difficult as I will have to juggle the insulin I inject and the sugar I burn off and have to replace.
“The Diabetic Centre has leant me a very clever piece of equipment to help. I have a sensor attached to my arm with a small needle attached that punctures the skin and sends a continuous read out of my blood sugar levels to a monitor that I wear on my belt. It sounds an alarm if my sugars start dropping too low so I can take some of the sugary energy gels I will be carrying with me.
“The money I raise will go to purchasing some more of these machines to help other people control their diabetes.”
David was diagnosed as an insulin-dependent diabetic at the age of 24. It came completely out of the blue, as he was playing for the Saracens Rugby Football Club in London four years previously.
Sue Warwick, his medical secretary, said: “The Diabetes Centre at Northampton General has been incredibly supportive over the years, helping David with the management of his diabetes.
“ Like many NHS departments, there are pieces of equipment and facilities that are not available that would greatly improve the quality of the care that could be offered to patients.”
Another 50-year-old medic in the town, Dr Julie Crocombe, clinical director for Autism Services at St Andrew’s Hospital, off Billing Road, is aiming to raise £5,000 for Research Autism.
Dr Crocombe is a member of the Research Autism Scientific Advisory Committee, helping to review existing ‘evidence’ and research proposals to improve quality of life for people with autism, their families and carers.
She said: “I was delighted when Research Autism asked me to run on their behalf. They have one entrant every five years, so I feel really privileged to be running for them this year.”
“I am passionate about improving quality of life for people with autism and have been working with Research Autism since they began in 2004. This is their 10th anniversary and my 50th year, so to mark both of these significant events I have committed to raise £5,000 by running my first-ever marathon.”
Anyone who would like to support her can make a donation on the Virgin Money Giving website by entering her name.
Don Harris, 51, from Northampton is running on behalf of St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity, after being helped by its volunteers at the London Marathon four years ago.
It is the fourth year that Don has run the London Marathon, but this year he will be completing the 26.2-mile course alongside his brother John, 50.
He said: “In 2010 I needed their help when I was suffering badly with blisters. If it wasn’t for them I might not have finished.
“St John Ambulance volunteers give up their time to ensure that people have first aid when they need it and they are often the unsung heroes.
“I’m very proud that I can also run alongside my brother, John.
“ It was one of John’s ambitions to run the London Marathon by the time he was 50 and this is a great way to share it together.”
Don, who is club secretary at Monks Park Working Men’s Club, can be supported by visiting www.justgiving.com/DON-HARRIS
Don’s brother, John, is running in aid of the brain tumour society, in memory of their mother and brother, who both died from a tumour.
Meanwhile, mum-of-two Kylie Crane is running in aid of Emmaus, which supports formerly homeless people by giving them a place to live and work.
Kylie, aged 38, from Piddington, who runs pottery café Roobarb & Kustard in Wellington Street, Northampton, was all set to run the marathon in 2013 but was forced to pull out after a serious hamstring injury, caused by doing the splits for a dare on a night out.
To sponsor Kylie, visit www.justgiving.com/Kylie-Crane or to find out more about what Emmaus does, go to www.emmaus.org.uk