DB12Run – Winner of the Diabetes UK Inspire Award
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Hamilton man Chris Gray has been presented with a national award from Diabetes Scotland at the charity’s annual Inspire Awards.
The 29-year-old was the pick of 18 nominees from across Scotland in the Supporting Others category in recognition of the energy, enthusiasm and commitment he has demonstrated by supporting people living with diabetes.
Chris was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008 when he was aged 22. Having initially struggled to come to terms with his diagnosis, he has since developed a love of running and has completed countless 5k, 10k, half-marathon and marathon runs to raise money for Diabetes UK.
Additionally, he has launched his own free running group, DB12Run, which meets in Strathclyde Park and is for people who are living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes or other medical conditions and would like to get more active.
Chris said: “I was delighted to win the Diabetes Scotland Inspire Award for Supporting Others but it came as a huge surprise as there were so many other fantastic people nominated in the category.
“I’ve come a long way since I was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and found that running really helped me to maintain a healthy lifestyle and also help manage my blood sugars. I wanted to help other people with diabetes to be able to live well with the condition and understand that it doesn’t have to hold you back.”
Chris was presented with the Inspire Award for Supporting Others at the awards ceremony in Aberdeen by executive director of Diabetes UK, Colette Marshall, and Diabetes Scotland National director, Jane-Claire Judson.
Jane-Claire Judson, national director of Diabetes Scotland, said: “The annual Inspire Awards recognise the fantastic work of our volunteers whose efforts, energy and enthusiasm make a huge positive difference to the lives of people in the diabetes community. Chris was recognised for his dedication to supporting people to live well with their diabetes by helping them to get more active. He has also been a keen fundraiser for Diabetes UK and has set up his own fundraising running events.
“There are more than 276,000 people diagnosed with diabetes across Scotland and we rely on our dedicated volunteers who are working hard in their communities every day to support everyone affected by the condition. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Chris and all of our volunteers who enable the charity to continue its vital work.”
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