Family does run in memory of Danielle

Simon, 23(left),  Bernadette, 11, baby Olivia, 23months,  and Maria Davey, who will be running the Great North Run next month, raising money for Diabetes UK, in memory of Danielle Davey, Olivia's mother and Maria daughter, who died a year ago, aged 20.  Pictures by Andrew Higgins  113364b  20/08/11
Simon, 23(left), Bernadette, 11, baby Olivia, 23months, and Maria Davey, who will be running the Great North Run next month, raising money for Diabetes UK, in memory of Danielle Davey, Olivia's mother and Maria daughter, who died a year ago, aged 20. Pictures by Andrew Higgins 113364b 20/08/11

A SCARBOROUGH mother, who was devastated when her 20-year-old daughter died from diabetes, will be taking part in the Great North Run in her memory.

Maria Davey, a 43-year-old teaching assistant from Durham Street, will be joined by her 23-year-old son Simon and Bernadette, her 11-year-old daughter, will be taking part in the junior event – they are all hoping to raise cash for Diabetes UK.

Danielle Davey suffered from type one diabetes – treated with insulin – and left a daughter, Olivia, now 23 months old.

Maria said it was a good way to remember her daughter and raise awareness of the disease. She added: “She developed it while she was pregnant and they just couldn’t control it.

“I wanted diabetes to be on everyone’s minds and to be more aware of it. We didn’t know much about it. There’s not enough help out there for individuals or their families.”

She said that the condition was becoming more and more common in young people. She said: “Since we’ve lost Danielle there have been four or five young people in this area that have died due to it.”

Maria previously completed the Geordie half marathon in 1998 and 1999 but has suffered a few injuries this time around which had hampered her training. She said: I am 10 years older now and the joints don’t accept it as well. But I am sure that I will do it in no longer than 2.5 hours.”

Bernadette said that she missed her sister and they used to do everything together. She said: “We always used to go swimming, shopping and listening to music together. She was amazing, perfect.”

She said that she would have taken part in the adult event if she was allowed to. She added: “I am having to do the junior north run. I would have run the Great North Run for her if I was allowed.”

Simon said that it was important to raise awareness of diabetes.

So far they have raised more than £600 for the charity through sponsorship and donations via three special charity webpages. To make a donation visit:

l http://www.justgiving.com/Danielle-Davey1

l http://www.justgiving.com/Danielle-Davey0

l http://www.justgiving.com/Danielle-Davey90