Welsh schoolboy embarks on series of challenges to find type 1 diabetes cure

Jack Woodfield
Wed, 05 Jul 2017
Welsh schoolboy embarks on series of challenges to find type 1 diabetes cure
A schoolboy from Wales is completing a series of challenges to raise money for his best friend who has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Isaac Norton, aged eight, came up with the idea of taking part in nine tasks across nine months.

He started last year and so far has worn a pink leotard and tutu in public, shaved his head, given up chocolate and cake, completed a 12-hour sponsored silence and walked 11 miles in one day.

His hard work has paid off as he has so far managed to raise £8,000 for Fin Gough.

Speaking to Wales Online, Isaac's mum Rebekah said: "It's hard to put it into words how proud we are of him. He's so determined and dedicated to continuing this fundraising. I thought after he climbed Snowdon when he was six (his first fundraising challenge) that would be it, but he's kept on ever since. Hes really passionate about it and so motivated to make a difference for everyone with diabetes."

She said the two boys are more like brothers, adding: "They are so close and always together - playing in the same rugby team and seeing Fin so well and healthy is what encourages Isaac to keep going.

"He's so grown up and understanding and looks after Fin, knowing the signs to look out for and when to raise the alarm."

Speaking on his Just Giving page, Isaac said he wanted to raise funds for diabetes because, "so far but there is still no cure yet, and I don't want to stop until they find one so that Fin can be better".

Despite the amount of money he has already raised, Isaac is far from finished. This month he will cycle 65 miles across Wales and in August he will compete in the young people's version of the Tough Mudder. On top of all the activities he has been doing, the schoolboy has also designed his own wristband which he has been selling to raise money for the charity JDRF.

To donate to the cause visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Isaac-Norton1
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