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Three-legged challenge raises thousands for children with diabetes

Claire Moon, Ann Bentley and Steven Craig, who have all had Type 1 diabetes since childhood, wanted to raise money for Diabetes UK children’s support holidays which are sometimes the first time that children get to meet other youngsters with the condition. On the holidays, children learn about diabetes, how best to manage it, and have fun with other children whilst realising they are not alone. The three fundraisers have more than 25 years between them of volunteering at support holidays for Diabetes UK.

They climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland (1,348 metres), Scafell Pike in England (978 metres) and finished up at Mount Snowdon in Wales (1,085 metres). It wasn’t always possible for them to be strapped together because of bad weather and dangerous footpaths, but they stuck to their challenge as much as possible.

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Claire Moon, who is a Lead Paediatric Diabetes Nurse at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, says: "We're glad we did it – but we're also glad we're not doing it again! We couldn't have achieved this challenge without the help of loads of people, many we know, many we don't, but we hope it shows that you can challenge your body to achieve amazing things! Our diabetes wasn't always affected in the way we thought it would be – so we had to be pretty flexible in all approaches – not just when trying to get through small gates and stiles!

Carol Bisley, Diabetes UK Fundraising Manager for the Eastern Region, says: "I am very grateful to Claire, Ann and Steven for their fantastic support. This was a very unusual and incredibly tough challenge to take on so we really appreciate the time and effort they have given up to support Diabetes UK in this way. The ‘Three Peaks, Three Legged’ challenge has raised awareness of what people with Type 1 diabetes are capable of achieving, and I’m very grateful for the money they’ve raised. Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today so it’s vital that more people are made aware of the condition. The trio’s fundraising will go a long way to help raise awareness of diabetes and the serious complications it can lead to, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and blindness."

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