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Surrey dad in training for two cycling challenges to raise funds for Diabetes UK

Kevin and Aidan Higson

A software consultant from Warlingham, Surrey, is taking on two cycling challenges to raise money for Diabetes UK after the shock diagnosis of his son with type 1 diabetes.

Kevin Higson, 58, is training for the 100-mile Ride London on May 26 and will follow that with a coast to coast bike ride from Morecambe in Lancashire to Bridlington in Yorkshire on June 11.

The second ride, which he plans to complete in a day, is almost 150 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing over the Pennines. For the second challenge, Kevin’s brother Peter Higson who lives in Herford, will join him on the road and his wife Michelle will drive the support car, making it a family affair.

Kevin said:

During the COVID pandemic, my son Aidan developed type 1 diabetes and ended up in hospital in a critical condition. He had excellent care but now, like everyone with type 1 diabetes, has to monitor his blood glucose levels and is fully dependent on injecting insulin for the rest of his life.

“I wanted to do something to help. As I’m not a slight chap by any stretch of the imagination, it’s not the distance that’s filling me with dread, it’s the 6,000 feet of climbing! “

Aidan, who is now 18 and currently studying for his A-levels, is hoping to go on to further education later this year.

People with type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin. No one knows exactly what causes it and it isn’t currently preventable. It’s the most common type of diabetes in children and young adults, and it is treated by daily insulin doses – taken either by injections or via an insulin pump.

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK Head of South East Coast and London, said:

“Much of our work wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of our incredible fundraisers and it’s inspiring to hear about Kevin’s adventures and we will all be cheering him on. Plus Peter of course for the second challenge and Michelle for helping them both.

“We’re very grateful for all their efforts. The money raised will help fund ground-breaking research, care services and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes.”

Kevin has a JustGiving page and is aiming to raise £2,000.

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