In a remarkable feat of determination and resilience, seven-year-old Freddie, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just four months ago, successfully completed the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

The challenge, which involves summiting Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, was accomplished in just two days.

Accompanied by his father and supported by his mother and five-year-old sister, Freddie shared his adventure, saying, “We were up and out early and set off for Pen-y-Ghent. Then the walk from the summit and on to the next peak was very long.”

Reflecting on the experience, he said, “I can’t believe that I actually did it — three mountains, tough terrain, and 24 miles in one and a half days.”

Throughout the journey, Freddie had to manage his diabetes, regularly checking his blood glucose levels and having snacks to maintain his energy. He recalled the unique challenges of dealing with medical procedures in challenging conditions, saying, “Doing finger pricks on sheer scramble sections and then having injections on mountain tops in gale force winds was not easy, but we just laughed it off.”

Freddie’s courageous venture raised over £2,200 for Diabetes UK, showcasing his commitment to raising awareness and funds for his condition.

Reflecting on his diagnosis in April, Freddie shared, “Somehow I’ve managed to quickly adapt and accept that I now need multiple finger pricks and insulin injections every day.”

Proud parents, emphasised their pride in Freddie’s achievement, stating, “We are so proud of Freddie. It’s such a huge achievement for any seven-year-old, but especially one with Type 1 diabetes, to conquer three mountains in 17 hours across a day and a half. He has always been a good walker, but we don’t think he realizes quite how amazing he is — he totally smashed it.”

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