Children who cannot afford to go on a Diabetes UK special activity holiday for youngsters with diabetes could be helped by an 87-mile charity walk by the Director of Research at Diabetes UK.
Dr Iain Frame is taking his dog Harris on the fundraising trek along the Ridgeway – Britain’s oldest trackway which stretches from Overton Hill in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.
“I wanted to set myself a personal challenge and spend some time with the youngest of our two dogs", said Iain. "I could have raised funds for diabetes research, but I wanted to do something that would have an immediate benefit."
Children's activity holidays
"Not all families can afford to send their children on a Diabetes UK holiday" added Iain, "so I want the money to pay for bursaries so more kids can go. Children on these holidays learn how to manage their diabetes better, and they realise that they are not alone. It can be truly life-changing for them.”
It costs £350 to pay for a bursary for one child to attend a special activity holiday with Diabetes UK.
Iain sets off on the Ridgeway Walk on Sunday 13 June, which is also the start of Diabetes Week. He expects to arrive at the end of the trail at Ivinghoe Beacon on Friday 18 June.
Backed up on the challenge
Two year old mongrel Harris, who was a rescue dog from a local kennels, will be accompanying Iain along the way. Backup for the venture will be provided by Iain’s wife Catriona.