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Aberdeen family and friends support JDRF every step of the way

14 September 2012

The Morris family from Aberdeen are stepping out to raise funds for JDRF at Walk to Cure Diabetes Scotland this Sunday (16 September), along with over 170 relatives and friends. 

Ryan and Lauren Morris and their two daughters Lucy and Amy (pictured) have put together their record-breaking group, ‘Team Amy’. This is the largest friends and family group to have entered the Walk, taking place in Hazlehead Park this Sunday, bringing the total number of people taking part to over 1,500.

Type 1 diabetes is condition the Morris’s know only too well, as both mother Lauren and daughter Amy have been diagnosed. Lauren used to work for JDRF Scotland, and was the leading force behind the event when the Walk to Cure Diabetes started ten years ago. Lauren knows type 1 inside out having lived with the condition for over 20 years and daughter Amy was diagnosed this year.

 Lauren said:

‘I have a strong association with JDRF, both personally having been diagnosed at the age of 12, and professionally. My whole family, especially my mum and my step dad have long been supporters of the organisation. When Amy was diagnosed in May it gave us an extra incentive to continue our support for such a great charity and help JDRF to hopefully one day find a cure. Amy has to have injections four or five times a day and  has been such a star throughout, very rarely complaining and accepting that this is part of her daily routine from now on. In 20 years since I was diagnosed there has been such great advances in treatments and JDRF has played an integral role in providing the funding to allow this to happen. We are just delighted that so many of our family and friends are joining ‘Team Amy’ and we are hoping to raise around £5,000 for JDRF.’  

The Walk is expected to attract 1,500, so Team Amy makes up a significant proportion of the total participants. They will all be wearing eye-catching branded t-shirts, which have been sponsored by Aberdeen-based companies, Strategic Resources and Citrus Mix.

Alastair Brookes, JDRF Development Manager for Scotland, said:

‘It is just fantastic to see such a big turnout from this group. Being able to put together a team of 170 is an amazing feat. We are very grateful for all their efforts, particularly as Team Amy is so highly committed and have been supporters of JDRF for such a long time. We would like to thank each and every one of the participants taking part in this year’s event and we hope that they have a fantastic time on the walk. Without them it really wouldn’t be possible to do what we do best. We would also like to thank TAQA, who is our main sponsor, for their involvement and generosity as it has been invaluable.’

 The 10th annual Walk to Cure Diabetes Scotland takes place this Sunday in Hazlehead Park. It will boast a family, fun atmosphere and there will be music, entertainment and refreshments available. There will be 5k and 7k distances.

If you are interested in taking part, come along to Hazlehead Park this Sunday at 10.00am.

Team Amy’s Just Giving page is www.justgiving.com/Team-Amy. It includes a video which highlights the symptoms of diabetes. 

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