Royston engineer to take on the Great North Run for his diabetic nan

14:57 30 August 2014

James Chapman with his nan, Stella Hodgson

James Chapman with his nan, Stella Hodgson


A Royston engineer is lacing up his running shoes and preparing to give his all for charity.

A Royston engineer is lacing up his running shoes and preparing to give it all for charity.

James Chapman, 34, from Royston, is braving the Great North Run on September 7 for Diabetes UK.

An experienced half marathon runner this year he decided that he wanted to focus on an issue close to home – his nan Stella Hodgson has Type 1 Diabetes and also lives in Royston.

James said: “I chose to run for Diabetes UK in the hope that the money I raise can help find better ways for people who are affected by this condition and help educate people to avoid getting this horrible illness, but most of all I’m running this for my Nan to show her how much of an inspiration she is.

My nan or granddad never once moaned about everything they have had to do over the last 50 years to manage her condition.”

Teresa Strange, Diabetes UK eastern regional fundraiser, said: “The money James raises will go a long way in helping us to continue to support people diagnosed with diabetes in Hertfordshire to help them avoid some of the serious complications of the condition such as heart disease, stroke and amputation.”

Anybody who wishes to support James can at


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