Hundreds take part in diabetes bridge challenge

By Editor
21st October 2015
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A total of 1,200 people took part in the London Bridges Challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK.

The challenge, which took place on Sunday, October 11, involved walking across the River Thames via 13 of London’s most iconic bridges.

The 10 mile route began at Chelsea Football stadium at Stamford Bridge and ended at Tower Bridge.

Ross Carslaw, from Copmanthorpe, took part in the event and managed to raise over £1000 for the charity.

The boy, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year aged 8, wanted to participate to help others living with the condition.

His mum Nicola, 47 said: “Both myself and Ross’ dad David recognised the symptoms at a relatively early stage and so Ross was able to get a diagnosis quickly.”

Speaking before the fundraiser, Ross said: “I wanted to take on a challenge and the London Bridges sounded fun. I’m looking forward to seeing more of London and meeting other people who have diabetes.”

Katie Thomas, Diabetes UK Regional Fundraiser for Yorkshire, said: “We’re really grateful to Ross, Ramsay and their mum Nicola for raising vital funds to help people living with diabetes. The London Bridges Challenge is a great way to explore the city and a fun day out for all the family.

“Walking is a good way to keep physically active, and this, combined with a healthy diet, can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your chance of getting Type 2 diabetes. For people already living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, getting plenty of exercise and following a healthy diet is also key to managing their condition.”

A spokesperson for the charity said: “Diabetes UK wants to thank all the walkers who helped raise much-needed funds at our London Bridges event.

“Sponsorship from their friends and families will help us to fund research, campaign on key issues, and offer education and support to more people who are living with diabetes.”

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