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Welling diabetes patient to cycle 100 miles to combat the disease

PUBLISHED: 16:33 09 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:41 09 July 2013

Welling man Paul Swann will cycle 100 miles to raise money for Diabetes UK next month

Welling man Paul Swann will cycle 100 miles to raise money for Diabetes UK next month

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A Welling diabetes sufferer will cycle 100 miles next month to raise money to combat the disease.

Paul Swann will strap on his helmet and get in the saddle on August 4 to take part in RideLondon-Surrey 100, and he hopes to raise £600 to go towards Diabetes Uk’s funding for groundbreaking research into finding a cure for the disease.

The 36-year-old was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 11, which occurs when the pancreas stops producing pancreas, and the condition is not preventable.

Paul, of Glenmore Road, takes five injections of insulin a day to control his diabetes.

He said: “Thanks to Diabetes UK research, there have been advances that have enabled people with diabetes to lead normal lives and not fear the condition. By doing this ride, not only can I raise funds for a great cause but can also prove to myself and others that having diabetes does not have to stop you from taking part in challenges like this.”

The expedition begins at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, travels through Surrey countryside, and finishes on The Mall in central London.

Diabetes UK London Fundraising Manager, Sam Carney, said: “We wish Paul all the best as he trains for and takes part in this amazing challenge. The money raised will go towards our vital work caring for, connecting with and campaigning on behalf of all those with diabetes. Diabetes UK currently funds around 125 research projects worth around £20 million, and we are almost entirely dependent on donations.”

To contribute to Paul’s fundraising go to justgiving.com/PaulSwann76.

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