Swindon engineer Andrew Porter, 36, is currently training hard for The Swindon Half Marathon to raise funds for leading health charity Diabetes UK. Andrew is running in memory of his brother, Kevin John Porter, who died this year, aged just 37, from a complication relating to Type 1 diabetes.
Andrew said: “My brother tragically passed away on 16 March from a heart attack related to his Type 1 diabetes which he’d had since he was around 11 years old.
“Kevin lived with diabetes most of his life and has always been my inspiration as a person. He was a keen runner from an early age, and I was always trying to keep up with him so I think it is only fitting that I run the Swindon Half Marathon in memory of him.
“Kevin was such a good bloke, he never complained or asked for help. He had a tough life but despite that he was always the first to help other people. I can’t wait to run the half marathon for Kevin. He left behind two beautiful daughters, who will be there on the day cheering me on and I hope to hit my fundraising target of £1,000 before I cross the finish line.”
Zoe Steer, Diabetes UK South West Fundraising Manager, said: “On behalf of everyone at Diabetes UK I would like to convey our thanks to Andrew and wish him the best of luck with his training.
“The funds Andrew raises will go a long way in helping us continue to support the 8,000 people diagnosed with diabetes in Swindon, and help us find the estimated 1,900 people in the area who are unaware they have Type 2 diabetes.”
The Swindon Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 9 October 2011. If you would like to sponsor Andrew, visit www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Porter1