A marathon fundraising effort

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September 2014

A team of investment managers from BGF swapped their brogues and boots for trainers earlier this year to raise funds for Diabetes Scotland and handed over their £2,376 fundraising donation to the charity.

BGF colleagues Duncan Macrae, Mark Bryant, David Gammie, Gemma Hamilton, Jennifer Graham and David Murray were joined by BGF board director, Karen Bothwell from Lloyds Banking Group, to form two marathon relay teams during this year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival in May. The first BGF team completed the marathon relay in 3 hours 34 minutes, with the other only three minutes behind.

BGF risk and compliance manager, David Murray who ran two out of four legs of his team’s marathon relay totalling 12.4 miles, explained:

“BGF chose to raise funds for Diabetes Scotland as a number of us have close family members who suffer from the disease and have a good understanding of the dangers and strains of living with it on a day-to-day basis. We are all very proud to have raised so much for the charity and understand it will go far to helping those currently living with diabetes as well as those that will be diagnosed in the future.

“We really enjoyed training together but also competing against each other on the day.”

Susie Williamson, Diabetes UK Scotland regional fundraiser for Glasgow and Edinburgh said:

“Team BGF Edinburgh’s fundraising efforts totaling £2,376, including matched funding from BGF itself, represents one of the biggest donations from this year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival, and this has increased the total raised at the event by Diabetes Scotland runners in 2014 to more than £31,000. Both teams made a tremendous effort in fundraising during their gruelling training, for which we are immensely grateful.

“Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age in the UK, and is a major cause of lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke. There are over 260,000 people living with diabetes in Scotland, and around 50,000 more who have Type 2 diabetes but are undiagnosed. As many as 620,000 people are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and if current trends continue, an estimated 350,000 people will have diabetes by 2025.

“Donations such as BGF’s play a vital part in helping our charity to care for, connect with and campaign alongside people living with, and at risk of, diabetes. We can’t thank the team enough for their efforts.”