Over 460 dedicated fundraisers came along to Victoria Park, London on Sunday for the final JDRF Walk of the season. Walk to Cure Diabetes London has generated £25,000 so far, with over £225,000 raised across all this year's Walks. These funds will go towards supporting vital research to help JDRF one day find the cure for type 1 diabetes.
On the day, hundreds of walkers and runners took on the route around Victoria Park, raising money and awareness for JDRF. Among the walkers was New Cross resident Eleanor Lotsu, 12, and family (pictured with Rushanara Ali MP). Eleanor was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was just seven years old. Eleanor’s mum Louise Shepherd told us:
‘We thoroughly enjoyed the Walk and it was great to see so many people there all raising awareness and money for such a great cause. We have taken part in the walk several times and are delighted that we can do our bit to help JDRF to hopefully one day fine a cure for Eleanor.’
Before the Walk and Run kicked off, participants enjoyed a warm up session led by members of Fit for Sport, a Chiswick-based healthy lifestyle activities provider. Stephanie Fanning then led an energetic Zumba session to get everyone limbered up and ready to Walk and Run.
Children were treated to face painting, giant games and circus skills training in the Children’s Tent, while Fit for Sport led an inflatable Olympic games outside, featuring Olympic favourites such as the sprint, relay, long jump and javelin. Refreshments were provided by Jacob's Ladder Farm and the Pavilion Cafe. For the first time in its 17 year history, Walk to Cure Diabetes London also hosted stalls selling crafts and creative goods in the Walk Village.
Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, showed her support by attending the event and giving a speech. Speaking after the event, Rushanara told us:
’I was delighted to open JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes at Victoria Park on Sunday. The work they do is so important, not least to the over 1,000 people right here in Tower Hamlets living with type 1 diabetes. I know that JDRF works hard to tackle type 1 diabetes. The funds raised will support groundbreaking research to help cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.’
JDRF would like to thank everyone who attended and supported our final Walk to Cure Diabetes 2012 event. It has been a fantastic Walk season with over £225,000 raised so far. We look forward to stepping out for the cure with you again in 2013.
Click here to view photos from the day. We will be adding more over the next few days - watch this space!