Over the past few weeks JDRF has held three fantastic Walk to Cure Diabetes events, raising over £200,000 so far to support research into the cure. This Sunday is the final Walk to Cure Diabetes at Victoria Park, London – don't miss your final chance this year to step out for the cure.
Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow and Shadow International Development Minister, will be kick starting this year’s Walk to Cure Diabetes London at Victoria Park. There will be a 5km walk and a 10km run, as well as a shorter walk that’s perfect for little legs and pushchairs. This year is also the first year when the Walk Village will showcase stalls selling creative crafts, along with bouncy castles, face painting and refreshments. And don't forget your (and Rufus') fancy dress outfits - this year's theme is Teddy Bears' Picnic.
To get the crowd pumped up warm up acts will be provided by Fit for Sport, the UK’s leading healthy lifestyle activities provider plus instructor Stephanie Fanning will be doing some zumba moves.
Dean Horridge, CEO-Founder of Fit for Sport, will be supporting the cause. Dean is an ex-PE teacher at a prep school in Kensington, and knows first-hand about type 1 diabetes having been diagnosed with the life-threatening condition in 2001. He was fully aware of the symptoms, as his grandmother, father and his twin brother, plus Dean’s two brothers all have type 1. Dean manages his diabetes through an insulin pump which he has had for the past six years.
Dean told us:
'Having type 1 myself, I wanted to support JDRF as it’s a great charity which is passionate about finding a cure. I try to manage my type 1 as best as I can, as I’ve seen first-hand what happens if you don’t - my father lost his life due to complications and bad management of the condition. I am a strong believer that you should control your type 1, instead of it controlling you.It’s not the end of life - it can be managed with education, awareness and individual/family commitment.'
New Cross resident and Haberdasher Aske High School pupil Eleanor Lotsu (pictured), 12, will be taking part in this year’s Walk. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was seven years old and is the only one in her family to have the life-threatening condition. Eleanor will be joined by mum Louise Shepherd, who said:
'Eleanor can sometimes find coping with type 1 diabetes difficult, but she refuses to let it get in the way of her enjoying life to the full and being able to do what she and every other teenager girl wants to.'
There is still time to step out for the cure at Victoria Park this Sunday - register now. You can also register on the day - click here to download our information pack with maps, schedule and information about the day.