I am delighted to be able to report that I, together with my wife Paula, my son Simon and 60 other wonderful people (consultants, doctors, nurses, people with diabetes, supporters and people who just care about this fast growing and awful condition) have successfully completed this beautiful but incredibly challenging 8 mile walk. It was brilliantly organised by my friends from the Diabetes UK Northern & Yorkshire Regional Office, Ann Rowe and Sarah Wood, with help from the Chairman of the Diabetes UK Hexham Voluntary Support Group, David Bumby, and many other willing supporters.
We took about four and a half hours to actually walk it, with a one hour picnic stop in the middle. The first 5 miles or so was extremely hard, with steep climbs and descents, which I have often described since as being similar to walking up about 100 tube station escalators! However, apart from a few minor diabetes scares, covered by frequent stops for blood glucose tests under the close eyes of the wonderful consultants, doctors and nurses who were walking with us, we all managed it comfortably, although I do not pretend that I was anything other than delighted to see and then reach the end of the walk at Housesteads Fort! To be honest, I could not have walked much further, and others who suffer from diabetes agreed, but it was a very satisfying experience.
However, the main purpose of this e-mail is to thank you most sincerely once again, from the bottom of my heart, for your most generous and welcome sponsorship. I have so many wonderful friends who have contributed, and I will always remember your most incredible support.
You will be delighted to know that my personal target which was set by Diabetes UK originally at £7,500, which I then increased rather foolishly to £15,000, has been substantially exceeded, and should, when all the promises have been collected, comfortably reach £17,000! This is amazing and I will never be able to thank you enough for your part in this. With the substantial sums collected by some of the other walkers, we should together have raised in excess of £22,000 for research into diabetes, which is fantastic and beyond our wildest dreams!
Once again, thank you so much!