A group of 12 dads whose children all have type 1 diabetes have collectively raised more than £12,000 for charity.
Dubbed the “dozen diabetes dads”, they cycled more than 300km starting from London and eventually reaching Paris. They split the journey up across four days, covering more than 100km in the first two days.
They fundraised for type 1 diabetes charity JDRF, which funds and supports research into the condition with the aim of one day identifying a cure.
Andrew Stroud, one of the doze, explained the team’s support of JDRF: “Our kids have upwards of 2,500 needles in their bodies each and every year, and will until there’s a cure. Imagine, no more finger prick tests, no more injections, no more cannulas, no more sensor inserts.”
Andrew rode on behalf of his daughter Bia who is now 12. She was diagnosed seven years ago. Fellow teammate Alistair Samuelson rode for his George who was diagnosed aged seven.
Alistair said: “We support JDRF in their goal to educate the newly diagnosed and fund technology and cure research. Better technology would help avoid the medical complications of type 1 diabetes and a cure could mean an end to hypos, hypers and the thousands of needles each person with type 1 endures.”
Rebecca Tomlinso, JDRF’s Senior Challenge and Sports Fundraising Manager, said: “The efforts of these ‘diabetes dads’ cannot be underestimated. They have cycled hundreds of miles to draw attention to the benefits of type 1 diabetes research and to raise funds. We could not be more grateful for their efforts. Thank you so much.”
They had hoped to raise £12,000 but have exceeded that total, so far having reached £12,369. Donations can still be made on their Just Giving page.
Picture: JDRF

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