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JDRF torchbearer lights up local events

13 August 2012

Jack Griffiths, 11, has matched the success of the London 2012 Olympics with his own fundraising gold. When Jack was selected as a torchbearer for Droitwich Spa, he told us that he planned to share his experience with as many people as possible and raise funds for JDRF along the way. He hasn't disappointed, and has sent us photos from some of the local events he has been attending.

On Sunday 5 August, the Judo team from Bad Ems, Germany (Droitwich Spa’s twin town) paid a visit to Droitwich Spa Judo Club while they were in the UK to see the Olympic Judo competition. Jack is a keen member of the Droitwich Spa Judo Club, and jumped at the opportunity to bring his Olympic torch for some photo opportunities. The two clubs enjoyed a joint judo training session, and raised £22 towards Jack's fundraising total.

A few days later, Jack brought his torch along to a mini Olympics event being held at Westmead Care Home in Droitwich. His appearance lit up the sport-themed garden party, where residents took part in a range of events such as the egg and spoon race, bean bag throwing, boules and a relay. Jack raised another £35 for JDRF, and was featured in his local newspaper.

Jack’s week of fundraising did not end there, and on Friday he was at Lloyds TSB in Droitwich with his Olympic torch. Jack spoke about life with type 1 diabetes and lucky customers had their photo taken with the torch, raising nearly £50 towards his goal.

Jack was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was three years old, and has raised a magnificent £4,000 for JDRF and Diabetes UK over the years through bake sales, raffles and car boot sales. He will be raising as much money as possible before he takes part in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Midlands on 30 September at Drayton Manor Theme Park.

Jack’s experience as a London 2012 Olympic torchbearer was featured in the ‘T1 in 10’ section of issue 12 of the T1 Kids magazine. He told us: ‘The run was exciting but very scary because so many people were watching – I was afraid I might trip over! When I finished I just felt happy and relieved. I was also very proud to run alongside my dad in such a once in a lifetime opportunity.’

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