Over 700 dedicated fundraisers took part in Walk to Cure Diabetes at Drayton Manor Theme Park on Sunday. JDRF would like thank all the participants and supporters who dedicated their time and made it such a fantastic day. The Walk has generated £30,000 so far which will go towards vital research to help JDRF one day find the cure for type 1 diabetes.
This year's Walk was the thirteenth annual Walk to Cure Diabetes event in the area. It attracted many family walkers from near and far, including Derby residents Carly and Paul Wheeler who took part along with 25 others friends and family members ranging from 2 months to 56 year olds (pictured). Their four year old son, Finlay (Finn) was diagnosed only this year in April and is one of 29,000 children in the UK to live with type 1.
'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 Finn and all the other 400,000 people in the country living with type 1.'
Tamworth residents Lisa and Nick Warren-Brownhill also came along with their four year old daughter, Jaici, who was diagnosed with type 1 in June 2011. Tamworth MP Chris Pincher showed his support by attending the event. In his speech he remarked:
'I was honored to open JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes at Drayton Manor Theme Park on Sunday. I know that JDRF works hard to tackle type 1 diabetes, an illness which is both life-threatening and life-long. The funds raised will go towards funding research to help treat, prevent and hopefully cure type 1 diabetes.'
The Southampton event was part of a series of Walks including Walk to Cure Diabetes Scotland in Aberdeen on 16 September and Walk to Cure Diabetes South in Southampton on 30 September. The final event will be Walk to Cure Diabetes London, taking place at Victoria Park on 7 October.