A mother has helped raise hundreds of pounds for research into finding a cure for type 1 diabetes by walking on fire.
Brave mum Nicola Pole managed to raise over £400 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)after setting up a ‘fire walking’ event in aid of her 12-year-old daughter Katie who has type 1 diabetes .
The event saw Nicola and 52 other parents of children with the autoimmune disease walk over red hot embers with temperatures of around 800 degrees Centigrade.
The challenge came about after the 43-year-old from Crawley, West Sussex, was asked by friends about what she would be willing to do to find a cure for the lifelong disease .
“We had just two hours to train on the day to get ourselves into the mind frame of ‘I can do this’,” the mother-of-two said.
“I was so nervous before. When I looked across it, I thought ‘oh I can’t do this’ but afterwards it was incredible.”
Nicola said managing her daughter’s type 1 diabetes has taken over her family’s life, as it involves frequently checking her blood sugar levels and administering multiple injections of insulin a day.
She added: “It affects everything we do. It’s with us 24 hours a day. If her blood sugar drops too low, she can die overnight.”
“Katie can eat the same food two days in a row and her blood sugar levels can be completely different so we constantly have to check.”
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is a leading diabetes charity that is committed to funding research to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes .

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