Three Diabetes UK volunteers, who have all had Type 1 diabetes since childhood, will be undertaking a climbing challenge in a very unusual way. They will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge - climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. But, they will be doing it three-legged! They will take it in turns to be strapped together, to raise money for Diabetes UK children’s support holidays.
The three intrepid fundraisers; Claire Moon, Ann Bentley and Steven Craig all volunteer at Diabetes UK children’s support holidays, and are hoping to raise funds so more children can attend. Between them, the three fundraisers have over 25 years of volunteering.
Diabetes UK support holidays bring together children with diabetes, some of whom have never met other children with the same condition. They are designed to promote self-confidence and are often the first step to children taking part in their diabetes management. They are staffed entirely by volunteers who give up a week of their time to take children to activity holiday centres to learn about diabetes, have fun and realise that they are not alone.
Claire, Steven and Ann (with some other helpers) will be climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland (1,348 metres high), Scafell Pike in England (978 metres high) and Snowdon in Wales (1085 metres high). Unusually, for each mountain two of the group will be tied together to do the climb three-legged. They all use insulin pumps to manage their diabetes and they will all need to test their blood glucose levels along the way, and eat lots of snacks.
Claire Moon says “We wanted to do something slightly different in order to raise money so more children could attend these amazing holidays. It’s hard to put into words the benefits of these holidays, but when you see children developing over the week, and year after year, it makes the hard work all worthwhile. We're doing a lot of gym work. Ann and I are going to the gym, wearing our walking boots and walking on treadmills at maximum incline with a rucksack on our back loaded with weights and getting strange looks! Steven has been hitting the hills near his home in Edinburgh.”
The challenge starts on 10 September and is expected to take five days.