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Type 1 torchbearer lights way to Olympics

19 July 2012

Later today, William Chanter from Crockham Hill, Edenbridge will be representing JDRF when the Olympic torch comes to Challock.

William, 15, told us: 'I am delighted to be offered the chance to be a torchbearer for the 2012 Torch Relay. It’s an honour to be involved in this once in a lifetime opportunity and represent JDRF and the 400,000 people living with type 1 diabetes everyday in the UK.'

William was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at six years old. Despite having had over 15,000 blood tests and 10,000 insulin injections since he was diagnosed, he has never let type 1 diabetes get in his way. William is an accomplished 29er dinghy sailor, which is one step before the Olympic 49er. William is also the Junior Representative at his local sailing group at Bough Beech Sailing Club and educates people on type 1.

William is also a keen fundraiser for JDRF, and a T1 Youth Ambassador. He attended JDRF's first parliamentary event, Type 1 Parliament, where attendees shared their experiences of life with type 1 diabetes with over 50 MPs.

William's Dad, Trevor, who nominated his son said: 'I have never once heard William complain. William is extremely modest about all his accomplishments, but as his parents we feel very proud of him. We hope that by William doing this that we can educate more people about JDRF and type 1.'

William is one of 13 torchbearers who have been in touch to say they are carrying the torch for JDRF. Nicole Gerrard, JDRF Senior Fundraiser for Kent and the surrounding area, said: 'We are delighted that so many JDRF supporters and T1 Youth Ambassadors have been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch. This is a momentous occasion, and we look forward to watching them lighting the way to the Olympics across the UK and helping to raise awareness of the vital need for more research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. We wish William the best of luck and we are grateful for all his achievements and for helping raise the profile of type 1.'

The relay will mark the run up to the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, as the flame commences a 70 day journey across the UK which started on the 19 May. The relay will see a total of 8,000 people carrying the flame and travelling through 1,018 UK villages, towns and cities.

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