Seeing his wife live with diabetes inspires man to walk 40 miles for charity

Carol and Stephen Richman.
Carol and Stephen Richman.
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The husband of a Leamington woman with type one diabetes has been moved to take on a 40-mile walk to help raise funds for better care for patients like her.

Carol Richman suffers from blindness, cellulitis in her legs and sleep apnea as a result of the diabetes. She currently has to pay for a piece of equipment that checks her blood sugar levels - but her husband Stephen thinks it should be available for free on the NHS.

So he is taking part in a 40-mile walk from Daventry to the Northampton Hospital Diabetes Centre to raise funds for Diabetes UK.

Stephen said: “I met my wife in 2011 and can remember the first time when she had a hypo; it shocked me and when she was in pain I couldn’t do anything

“Diabetes is a killer.

“Carol has the new sensors to check her sugar levels, which are better for everyone, but I think they should be on the NHS.

“Diabetes UK uses its influence to persuade the NHS to provide the highest level of care to people living with diabetes. This is why I want to raise some money for them.”

The walk will take place on December 16. To sponsor Stephen, text STRI48 and an amount of money to 70070.

To find out about Diabetes UK, visit www.diabetes.org.uk