Football fan raises thousands for diabetes charity

Tue, 01 May 2012
A football fan from Norfolk has raised thousands of pounds for the charity Diabetes UK in memory of his mum.

Tony Werner, a 43-year-old window cleaner who supports Crystal Palace, has taken part in an endurance race as a tribute to his mother, a diabetic who passed away five years ago. He ran, cycled and swam in the eight-day Brum Or Bust endurance event, travelling from the Crystal Palace stadium in south London after a match against Nottingham Forest to an away match against Birmingham City. In the course of the event, he ran three half marathons, cycled for over 200 miles and also swam for four miles in open water, raising GBP3,500 for the charity.

After finishing the challenge, Mr Werner said "I wanted to challenge myself and raise as much money as possible. My mum passed away far too soon as a result of diabetes and I wanted to complete this in her memory, which I did, so I am delighted."

He added "Having not come from a particularly athletic background, it was a serious challenge for me but I trained very hard and managed to finish in good time without too many hiccups."

Elizabeth Roe, fundraising manager for Diabetes UK London, also commented "Tony's endurance efforts are very inspiring and it is an incredible achievement for him to have completed this challenge."
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