A 37 year old woman from West Bridgford has made it through to a shortlist of potential Olympic torchbearers after being nominated by Diabetes UK.
Alex Wild has lived with Type 1 diabetes since the age of four. Growing up she struggled to accept her condition and it wasn’t until she attended an NHS course on managing her diabetes that she was finally able to talk about it. Last year, Alex set up a support group in Nottingham for other adults with Type 1 diabetes, which now has 20 regular members.
Diabetes UK recently invited Alex to an event at the House of Lords to share her story, and nominated her to carry the Olympic torch in 2012.
2,012 people will take part in Olympic Torch Relay
Alex is now on a shortlist of 28,000 potential Torchbearers from all the nominations that came through the London 2012 'Moment to shine' campaign. Nominees will be put forward to one of 12 regional judging panels around the UK and 2,012 people will be selected for the Olympic Torch Relay.
Supporting others and raising awareness of diabetes
Alex said, “To carry the Olympic Torch would be a dream come true. I’m honoured to have been nominated and very proud. I hope it will inspire others with diabetes and that it is not something to be ashamed of and hide away, as I did for years. I’m now committed to raising awareness about diabetes through our support group and also through Diabetes UK activities. I also want to raise awareness among people who don’t have diabetes as there are many common misconceptions about the condition. I would like to carry the Olympic Torch for everyone who has diabetes and to show that there isn’t anything we can’t do.”
Rebecca Sharpe, Diabetes UK Volunteer Development Officer (East Midlands) said, “Alex originally found it hard to accept her diabetes, and her health and happiness suffered as a result. Diabetes UK nominated Alex because it’s fantastic how she has now turned that around and become a leading example of someone who raises awareness of diabetes issues. Diabetes UK is delighted that she has been shortlisted as a potential Olympic Torchbearer.”
Support group for people with Type 1 diabetes
The next meeting of Alex’s Type 1 support group is on Tuesday 4 October at 7.30pm at:
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