Dispensing optician at Specsavers in Rayleigh David Hunter plans to take part in the London Bridge Challenge on Sunday 30 September to raise money for Diabetes UK.

The 53-year-old from Maldon, who has been 'flagged' with pre-diabetes by doctors, will be taking on the challenge for the second time, having raised £260 at last year’s event. The walk starts at Battersea Park with the route ending on the North Bank of Tower Bridge.

Vital work

David said: ‘I’ve been supporting Diabetes UK for 10 years because of the vital work they do to support those suffering and their families. My parents have type 2 diabetes and so I know exactly how important this charity is. It’s a real challenge but I’m looking forward to getting to London and pushing myself for this fantastic cause.’

Director of Specsavers in Rayleigh, Sue Whitelock, said: ‘We’re so happy to support David in this worthwhile challenge. Diabetic research is a really important cause for us to support and we have many customers who are sufferers of the condition. Diabetes can cause serious damage to your eyes and we urge members of our community who have the condition to have an eye test at least once per year.’

Diabetes sufferers should have annual eye tests

David, who has been training while abroad in Venice and Murano, was one of the first to cross the line in his group of three at last year’s event.

Diabetes UK provides help, support and advice for those suffering from diabetes, their families and for those at risk of developing diabetes. It is the largest charity focused on diabetes research in the UK and has invested more than £60 million in the past decade.

To support David’s challenge and donate to Diabetes UK visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-hunter18

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