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Wisbech couple have plenty of bridges to cross in bid to help Diabetes UK

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Wisbech couple Grahame Peacock and Isobel Shippey will be donning their walking shoes next month to walk 10 miles along the river Thames, crossing 12 iconic bridges along the way.

Starting at the picturesque Battersea Park and finishing in Potters Fields Park, overlooking the famous Tower Bridge, all in an attempt to help the charity Diabetes UK fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Both Grahame and Isobel suffer with diabetes and want to give something back. Isobel said: "I come from a long line of diabetics in my family, and am walking in memory of my Nanna Thompson, who suffered with diabetes for over 20 years, eventually losing the toes on her right foot to the disease at the age of 90."

Isobel Shippey and Grahame Peacock pictured with their medals from last year's London Bridges Challenge. (14920849)
Isobel Shippey and Grahame Peacock pictured with their medals from last year's London Bridges Challenge. (14920849)

Grahame is not only walking the London Bridges Challenge for Diabetes UK, but is also currently talking part in the One Million Step Challenge for the charity, having already logged 377.636 steps, Grahame said: "I’m taking part in the challenge to support people affected by diabetes. There are 4.7 million people living

with diabetes in the UK, the complications of which lead to over 500 premature deaths every week. So, I’m stepping towards a healthier me, and a better future for people with diabetes."

This is all part of a huge lifestyle change Grahame has embraced since moving back to the UK, having spent 16 years in America.

In the past 18 months he has shed over 7 stone in weight, thanks to the support of Sally Shipley and the Slimming World group she leads in Wisbech and the town’s Fenland Running Club, which he joined over a year ago, joining it’s Beginners Running Course. All this hard work has resulted in reducing his HbA1c level (blood sugar) to below that of a diabetic.

Both Grahame and Isobel also run and volunteer as marshals for King’s Lynn ParkRun and Elm based company Sublime Racing.

Isobel said: "I’m grateful to Grahame for introducing me to the wonderful world of running, even though I am at the very start of my running adventure, I’ve been so impressed with how friendly and supportive the people involved in the sport are, both Grahame and I have made so many new friends, and would recommend it to anyone. It’s not about how fast you can run, but more about the fact you have got off your sofa and are in the great outdoors, getting some exercise, even if, like me, you walk more than you run!"

If you would like to make a donation to support Grahame and Isobel, please visit their Just Giving Fundraising page at https://step.diabetes.org.uk/pages/grahame or https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/issy-shippey

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