Today Darren Smith, a Gloucestershire Constabulary Detective, set off on a 10 day cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise money for JDRF. And to make the 1,070 mile journey even more challenging he also plans to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon along the way.
Darren was inspired to organise the challenge after his son Ben (pictured) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year. Ben will make a guest appearance on day eight, joining his dad on the last few miles of the approach to Gloucester where the family live.
Darren also plans to stop by at the Police Headquarters where he is based, and a number of his colleagues within the Constabulary will join him for short stints during the challenge to cheer him on.
Lydia Warrilow, JDRF’s Head of Regional Fundraising, said:
‘We are hugely grateful to Darren and the team for dedicating their time and efforts to JDRF. Without these kind acts of courage and generosity we wouldn’t be able to raise vital funds to treat, prevent and one day find a cure for type 1 diabetes. We wish Darren and the team the best of luck with their challenge.’
Talking about his challenge, Darren told us:
‘A lot of people have said they’re amazed by the number of miles and mountains I will take on, but it’s nothing compared to the bravery Ben has shown. I only have to endure ten days on a bike whereas Ben has to inject himself four times a day with insulin as well as conduct his own blood tests, meaning he’s endured more than 1000 injections since his diagnosis. This is true bravery and strength, and I couldn’t be prouder of him.’
It’s not too late to sponsor Darren – visit www.justgiving.com/Darren-Smith13 to find out more about Darren’s journey and support his fundraising.