Diabetes walk in memory of Fiona Marie

Fiona Marie Watson, 23, who died of diabetes
Fiona Marie Watson, 23, who died of diabetes
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People throughout the Longridge and Garstang area are being invited to take part in a sponsored walk in memory of a 23-year-old who died from diabetes complications.

The family of Fiona Marie Watson, from Langho, Blackburn, who died in January, have organised a 10km sponsored walk through milestones of her life on Saturday, April 20.

Fiona lived with diabetes from the age of 13 months, and was the youngest person at that time in the local area to be diagnosed with diabetes.

The initial diagnosis devastated the family but they adapted their lifestyles and managed blood sugar readings and twice daily insulin injections until Fiona was 20 and able to manage her condition herself.

Chris Watson, 52, Fiona’s father, said: “Fiona lived an active and adventurous life, doing things most people would not even dream of, such as skydiving, rock climbing and backpacking around Australia. We have chosen this walk because it passes places that were important in Fiona’s life, her schools, where she worked and the church where she was baptised and started her life’s journey.

“Our daughter was taken from us by this dreadful condition despite us doing everything by the book and looking after her properly. The best advice I can give is not to become complacent, because diabetes can happen to anybody, at any age. Our princess, Fiona, had a beautiful smile and a thirst for adventure, she will never be forgotten.”

The sponsored walk runs from 1pm, the Knowles Arms, Langho, to Clitheroe. For more info contact Chris at fionaswalk2013@gmail.com or, to sponsor, www.justgiving.com/Fiona-Marie-Watson.