Inspiring, heartwarming, brave, quirky… our supporters have many different reasons for raising funds for research into the cure for type 1 diabetes, and many different ways of getting involved. What’s your story?
Sarah Attwood was diagnosed with type 1 when she was 18 months old, yet it still came as a huge shock when her son Ben was diagnosed at the age of three. Here she tells their story, and how she, Ben, her husband and brother decided to do the Walk to Cure Diabetes in Bristol, raising a huge £2,423 in the process.
Clare Lewis, whose son has type 1, decided to trek the Great Wall of China in support of JDRF. Over the course of five days she and her fellow trekkers explored dark caves, turreted towers and even areas of the wall closed to the public.
When Carl Freslov’s daughter, Laura-Beth, now 12, was diagnosed with type 1 last year, her acceptance and resilience inspired Carl to ‘do something about it’ and raise money towards helping find the cure. He decided to climb Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, in aid of JDRF. Read his inspiring story in his own words.
Five years ago I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, at the age of 22. The past five years have been absolutely life changing, with many ups and downs along the way. This year I felt I wanted to take on a challenge and demonstrate that my diabetes doesn’t stop me from doing anything I set out to do. I decided I wanted challenge myself as much as possible and do something I would remember for many years to come. Then Kilimanjaro came up!
Jonathan Davies (pictured with son Thomas who has type 1 diabetes) from Bristol tells us more about his North Wales cycle trip and fundraising efforts for JDRF. On the morning of 26 July 2013, I and four friends set off from Bristol accompanied by a support vehicle/camper van, bound for North Wales.
Well – it’s done! A three hundred mile cycle ride from Newcastle to London in 23 hours and 40 minutes. For twenty of those hours it rained, but my spirits were lifted by the energy and enthusiasm of the 160 people taking part – mostly supporting various charities.
I started to cycle for JDRF in 2011 as my son James had been diagnosed with type 1 at the age of two. I took up cycling as I wanted to show James a good example in looking after himself. Having watched the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Lizzi Armistead on the 2012 Olympic route the opportunity to ride the same road was to enticing to miss out on. So I applied for a place in the JDRF RideLondon-Surrey100 team.
When the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 was advertised we had to enter and we wanted to fundraise for JDRF. To fundraise for the event we organised bag packing at supermarkets, cake sales, work dress-down days and street collections in a morph suit to name but a few. If we can do this, anyone can so give it a go, get fit, fulfil ambitions and do so much good in the process helping raise awareness and money to find the cure. It’s out there and we just need to help JDRF find it!
The story of why I rode the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for JDRF is a simple one. I am a 44 year postman living in Norfolk who up to just over 4 years ago had always been fit and healthy, running several marathons for various charities including the London Marathon in April 2008. So imagine my shock when having not felt too well over Christmas that year I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
I passed a few other JDRF riders on the way round, and it was great offering each other support. I remember seeing the JDRF supporter zone on Dorking High Street and shouting over to them, the cheers and support were immense and I felt incredibly emotional at that point – it really was the highlight of the whole thing, and something I’ll never forget. It really helped me focus on why I was riding, who it was for and to proudly push on through.