Fresh from winning her latest bout in Salford at the weekend, Bridlington ABC’s Amy Everington is in training for the Great North Run later this year.
She is swapping her boxing gloves for running shoes to tackle the half marathon in a bid to raise more than £500 for Diabetes UK.
Everington said: “My mum has Type 2 Diabetes and has had it since she was 19. The condition has caused her so much pain and struggle throughout her life.
“She has struggled with her balance and for the past year has been in hospital because of two small falls which caused her to break her hip and her left leg, the diabetes caused her organs to not function properly meaning that she has had to be on certain medications to help them work properly.
“After she broke her leg in November, her wound got infected and the only thing they could do was amputate it on New Year’s Eve, which was a very hard time for my mum.
“She went through some very rough stages going in and out of the intensive care unit and the high dependancy unit, with a nurse being with her all of the time.
“Throughout all of this she has remained so strong and always has a big smile on her face.
“I am trying to raise awareness and money for Diabetes Uk because I have seen the effects of it. I want people to realise that if you get diabetes you need to look after yourself and eat healthily because the long-term effects are very scary.”
To show your support and make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Amy-Everington.