A couple from Putney are planning an epic mountain climb to raise funds for Diabetes UK and also to show what can be achieved by people who have long term conditions.
Dom Frost, aged 26, has Type 1 diabetes, having been diagnosed at the age of 11. Sport and outdoor activity have been mainstays of his life, playing football for his universities, cricket and rugby as well as other outdoor pursuits. His girlfriend, Jen Chetwood, is also taking on the challenge in May.
Dom has been climbing and trekking all over the UK and now wants to push himself even further by climbing Mont Kenya to raise money for diabetes research, making him one of the first people in the UK with Type 1 diabetes to attempt this formidable challenge.
Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa and the pair will be climbing to Point Lenana at 4,985 metres (16,355 feet).
Dom, 26, who works as a policy officer, wants to show people with diabetes that the condition doesn’t stop people meeting challenges and also to raise money to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
He says: “Diabetes has not stopped me from living my life the way I want too, nor has it stopped me from playing the sports I love. Mount Kenya will be no exception. By climbing this mountain it will show everyone that diabetes is no inhibitor of activity - you just have to plan well.
“And by raising money for diabetes UK and research into a cure, we can consign this irritating condition to the medical history books.”
Dom and Jen have been training hard in the gym and have also taken on long treks and climbs in Snowdonia, the Lake District and in Scotland.