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Diabetes UK boss completes huge walking challenge to help children with diabetes

Douglas Smallwood and his son Jimmy set off from St Bees Head in the Lake District on Friday 28 May for their coast-to-coast walking challenge.

They aimed to raise money for more children with diabetes to be able to attend special Diabetes UK care events, where children learn more about managing their condition and discover that they are not alone.

Not all children have been able to attend the events because of a lack of nurses trained in insulin pump therapy, so Douglas wanted to raise enough money to train another 15 nurses.

Reaching the end of the road

After two full weeks of walking, Douglas and Jimmy finished their challenge in the late afternoon on Thursday 10 June, when they arrived at Robin Hood's Bay on the North Yorkshire coast. "It's been fantastic in many ways" Douglas said, "I've never done anything like this before. We've met some very nice people along the way and it's been great to do it with my son."

Get Serious

"Each year I try and do something to raise funds for Diabetes UK. I usually run half marathons, but this year we're making a big effort and supporting the fundraising appeal called Get Serious, where we're asking people to do something to illustrate that they're serious about tackling diabetes."

There is still time to add to Douglas' fundraising total by visiting hischallenge page and you cansee photos and hear audio commentary from their trip here.


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