Man with type 1 diabetes to walk 117 miles for charity

Jack Woodfield
Wed, 18 Jul 2018
Man with type 1 diabetes to walk 117 miles for charity
A man who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 30 years is set to walk a gruelling 117 miles for charity.

Gary Clements plans to cross Dartmoor and Exmoor, starting from the south coast and arriving in north Devon in just seven days.

The challenge will start from Wembury Beach on Saturday, August 25 and all funds raised will be donated to Diabetes UK.

Gary, who will be accompanied by his friend Graham Bell, will travel with just a rucksack, containing his medication.

Speaking on his Just Giving page, Gary said: "I have been a type 1 diabetic for the past 30 years and that milestone, plus a mid-life crisis as I rapidly approach 50, made me stop and think isn't it time I did something to help?

"It will be a challenge both mentally and physically with the additional concern of managing my diabetes during this seven day walk."

He plans to reduce his insulin doses to a minimum throughout the day and rely on jelly babies to boost his blood sugar levels when required.

He added: "I am fortunate enough to use an insulin pump so I can control the amount of insulin as required."

So far he has already raised £700 and the company he works for has also donated £250 to the cause. Gary is self-funding the trip so every single penny raised will be given to Diabetes UK.

"Those diagnosed face the risk of life-changing, and life-limiting, complications, unless they are given the very best care and the support they need to manage their condition well," Gary added.

"We need to work together now - and take action now - to fund critical research, improve healthcare and treatment, and prevent yet more people developing this potentially life-threatening condition."

If you want to contribute to Gary's mission you can do so on his Just Giving page.
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