Schoolgirl undertakes epic cycle challenge to raise type 1 diabetes awareness
Laura Campbell (pictured), from Moray in Scotland, was diagnosed in 2015 and later found out there are 3,800 other children in the UK who also have type 1 diabetes.
She also discovered that a lot of people did not know a lot about type 1 diabetes and how it differs from type 2 diabetes. So she decided to embark upon a punishing 380-mile cycle ride, where she dedicated each pedal push to a fellow young person with type 1 diabetes.
Speaking to the Press and Journal newspaper, Laura said: "A lot of people think that you must have diabetes because you have eaten too much sugary food or you lead the wrong lifestyle.
"But in a lot of cases, with kids my age and younger, there is nothing that can be done to prevent it. It's not even that its genetic, it's just a completely unfortunate event where my pancreas has stopped working like it used to."
Laura used an exercise bike at home for her epic challenge, which saw her cycle 13 miles a day.
She added: "When I was diagnosed I decided that wasn't going to stop me from doing stuff. I would get really tired and thirsty after cycling, but I kept pushing myself to get used to it."
Laura, who attends Lossiemouth High School, raised £555 which she is donating to the Moray branch of the Diabetes UK charity. The money will be spent on giving children with diabetes a climbing day at Elgin's SpireRoxx centre.
Fiona Paton, the group's chairwoman, said members were "very proud" of what Laura had achieved.
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