Challenge is a health boost

A North Shields man has found his gruelling challenge for charity has also had added health benefits.

Paul McMurray has set himself a target of 200km of challenges throughout 2014 to raise money for Butterwick House Children’s Hospice.

The 36-year-old has already completed Whitley Bay’s Warrior Beach Assault and has registered for this year’s Great North Run.

And due to his fitness regime, he has found he no longer requires insulin injections after being diagnosed as diabetic three years ago.

Paul said: “I needed to know if there was anything I could do to help myself require less insulin. Since starting Kung Fu and circuit training for these challenges I’ve really seen a difference. Now I don’t require my insulin shots and feel healthier than ever.”

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Paul added: “Raising money for the Hospice is for those who can’t make the choices I have.

“They can’t change their lifestyle or reverse their condition, but I’ve been lucky and feel the need to give something back.”