Nearly 500 dedicated fundraisers took part in Walk to Cure Diabetes South at Manor Farm Country Park, on the 30 September. JDRF would like to thank all the participants and supporters who dedicated their time and made it such a fantastic day. The Walk has generated £20,000 so far which will go towards vital research to help JDRF one day find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
The Walk attracted many family walkers from near and far, including Southampton residents Chris and Sam O’Donnell from Sholing who took part, along with sons Connor, 7, and Kian, 5 (pictured). They have first-hand experience of type 1 diabetes, as Kian was diagnosed just last year. His auntie, Jodie, also has the life-threatening condition and was diagnosed 11 years ago aged six years old.
'It was ironic that at last year’s Walk we were doing it on behalf of Jodie and literally a few weeks later Kian was diagnosed. 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 find a cure for both Jodie and Kian, plus all the other 400,000 people in the country living with type 1.'
Nicole Gerrard, Southampton Fundraiser for JDRF said:
'We would like to thank each and every one of you who took part in this year’s event and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. Without our supporters, it really wouldn’t be possible to do what we do best. We would like to thank our main sponsor Ford for their involvement and generosity as it has been invaluable and our media sponsors the Southern Daily Echo and Hampshire Chronicle for their support.'
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 Midlands at Drayton Manor Theme Park on 30 September. The final event will be Walk to Cure Diabetes London, taking place at Victoria Park on 7 October.