A team of intrepid cyclists from the HSBC bank set off on a 500-mile tour of Wales on Thursday 25 September to raise vital funds for diabetes research and information.
The eight-day trek will take the four cyclists from Cardiff to Caernarfon and back again, via Newtown, Llandudno, Aberystwyth, Carmarthen and a number of other towns. The trip is expected to raise up to £15,000, which will be used to support Diabetes UK’s work in Wales and elsewhere.
Raising awareness of late diagnosis
Amongst the projects that will be funded will be one to raise awareness in Wales of the dangers of late diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in children. Based on work already done in Italy and Australia, this campaign will make healthcare professionals and others caring for children more aware of the signs of untreated diabetes, and could save many children from life threatening complications.
Working towards a future without diabetes
Dai Williams, National Director of Diabetes UK Cymru, said: “We are delighted with the commitment of HSBC staff to support our work here in Wales. Activities like this, where people give their time and energy to raise funds, are vital for Diabetes UK to continue our mission to improve the lives of people with diabetes and work towards a future without diabetes.”
Iwan Jones, HSBC’s Regional Commercial Director for Wales, and one of the team of cyclists said: “HSBC supports the communities in which we work through the involvement of our employees and through donations. We are very happy to be working with Diabetes UK Cymru to give people with diabetes in Wales the information and support they need to mange the condition.”
Thousands of people in Wales unaware of diabetes
Currently, around 130,000 people in Wales have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 40,000 may also have the condition but not be aware of it. An additional 78,000 people may have the condition by 2025, the equivalent of a 46 per cent increase, bringing the total number of people with diabetes in Wales to an estimated 250,000.
If not properly treated and managed, diabetes can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and nerve damage leading to amputation.