Ascensia teams up with blogger in fundraising bid
Ascensia Diabetes Care UK employees and diabetes blogger Bob Swindell took part in a 100km walk to raise money for Diabetes UK.
The Dixons Carphone ‘Race to the Stones’ took place on July 14 and 15 across the ancient Ridgeway path, which starts in Watlington, Oxfordshire, passes through the Chilterns and North Wessex Downs in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, before finishing at the 5,000-year-old stone circle in Avebury, Wiltshire.
The team’s fundraising target is £5,000, with more than £4,000 already raised, and Ascensia will be matching all donations with their own additional corporate contribution. The money raised will help Diabetes UK in their mission to support the millions of people living with diabetes.
As a company that is dedicated only to diabetes care, we are passionate about making a difference for people with diabetes. Ros Barker, Country Head UK and Ireland for Ascensia Diabetes Care
By completing this challenge and raising money for Diabetes UK, Ascensia wants to help the charity continue its activities that support those who have diabetes, prevent type 2 diabetes, make research breakthroughs, and ultimately find a cure.
Bob Swindell, an active blogger and member of the Board of Trustees of Diabetes UK, participated in this event as part of the Ascensia team. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 2 in May 2013 and is a keen runner.
He said: “Diabetes is a long-term condition and I know from personal experience that it is not easy to manage. I have to focus on it every day and continue to make the lifestyle changes I need to improve my health, which is tough. As an endurance event, I think the Dixons Carphone ‘Race to the Stones’ symbolises the long-term challenges faced by people like me who live with diabetes every day. I am delighted to have been part of the team doing this race and praise Ascensia for taking on this challenge to help raise money to support the activities of Diabetes UK.”
Ros Barker, Country Head UK and Ireland for Ascensia Diabetes Care, said: “As a company that is dedicated only to diabetes care, we are passionate about making a difference for people with diabetes. That is why we chose to fundraise for Diabetes UK because we want the money to directly help people living with diabetes in the UK. We also wanted to push ourselves in the challenge we took on.
“By selecting the Dixons Carphone ‘Race to the Stones’, we did something that was truly challenging to show our solidarity for every person across the UK who has diabetes. All of our team of 23, two of whom have diabetes themselves, were really excited to participate in the ‘Race to the Stones’ and raise money for this worthwhile charity.”
Jill Steaton, Regional Head for Diabetes UK in the South East, said: “Well done to Bob and the Ascensia team for completing the Dixons Carphone ‘Race to the Stones’ challenge.
“Diabetes is serious and if it’s not well managed it can lead to serious complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputations.”
“Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without the determination and generosity ofour incredible fundraisers. The money raised will help fund ground-breaking research, careservices and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes.”