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Help Felixstowe’s Sophie Chapman’s 30 fundraising challenges for Diabetes UK in memory of her mum

PUBLISHED: 20:21 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 23:09 27 April 2017

Sophie Chapman with her mum Jenny Dawson - Sophie is tackling 30 feats before her 30th birthday for Diabetes UK in memory of her mum. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Sophie Chapman with her mum Jenny Dawson - Sophie is tackling 30 feats before her 30th birthday for Diabetes UK in memory of her mum. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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A Suffolk woman has set herself the challenge of completing 30 physical feats before her 30th birthday to raise money for charity in memory of her mum.

Sophie Chapman who is tackling 30 feats before her 30th birthday for Diabetes UK in memory of her mum Jenny Dawson. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Sophie Chapman who is tackling 30 feats before her 30th birthday for Diabetes UK in memory of her mum Jenny Dawson. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Sophie Chapman, of Felixstowe, is taking on 30 physical challenges for Diabetes UK after her mother Jenny Dawson died in 2013 aged 57 following complications from diabetes.

Mrs Chapman, who works for a shipping company, has been running in events since the beginning of the year, gradually tackling longer distances. She recently completed her first half marathon and has now signed up to her first marathon in Edinburgh next month.

She hopes to complete her challenge with a run in her home town of Felixstowe in September, when among her supporters will be her mum’s identical twin sister Jayne Farnworth.

She said her aim was to raise money and awareness for Diabetes UK, saying: “Mum had Type 1 diabetes for over 15 years and I always hoped for a cure so she didn’t have to constantly check her blood and watch everything she ate, then have to calculate in exercise as well.

“She also experienced lots of hypos (low blood glucose levels). They didn’t happen every day but it was often and it was scary for her and us. It slowly took her away from me and I hope one day with more research a cure can be found so others don’t have to go through the same.”

Mrs Dawson was an accountant and also lived in Felixstowe.

She said: “People don’t get what hard work living with Type 1 diabetes can be. She had to think about it constantly and tried really hard to manage the condition, it wasn’t easy and it had a massive impact on her day to day life,” said Sophie

“I want people to understand how serious the condition is, she had hypos, but we would treat them and she would be ok.

“I didn’t know how serious they could be and neither did she. She went to bed one night and she never woke up.

“She is greatly missed by all her family and friends, I don’t want other people to go through what we did and want to do something positive in her memory.”

Teresa Strange, Diabetes UK Eastern fundraiser, said: “We are so grateful to Sophie for the amazing effort she is making to support us in our work.

“The money she is raising will go towards vital research, supporting people living with diabetes, helping to improve care and education and also our work to prevent the rise in Type 2 diabetes.

“If you can support Sophie by donating to her Just Giving page and spurring her on towards the finish line, then that would be much appreciated.”

To donate to Sophie’s JustGiving page, click here.

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