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Chris inspired to swing into action

Chris Jelly is hosting a 6-week golf ball speed challenge from 11 May until the 16 June. He's celebrating the two loves of his life, his wife Millie and golf, by raising awareness and funds for us.

In an exciting new challenge at Lagan View Golf Centre in Lisburn, Chris is hosting a 6-week golf ball speed challenge to see if our local budding golfers can hit the golf ball faster than the rest of the pack.

Chris's passion for raising awareness of diabetes was sparked by his wife, who has been living with the condition since she was two years old. Together with his passion for golf, Chris has decided to help raise money for us to try to help more people living with this serious condition.

Chris said, "I have wanted to do something to raise awareness about diabetes for a long time now and thought why not use golf to do it. In my day job, I coach many people with a wide range of skills and strengths. I believe in helping people realise how far they can go, irrespective of their starting point."

"Millie has a lifetime of experience with living with Type 1 diabetes, she is learning all the time and has the confidence to live her life her way. I think she is so inspirational the way she takes on the daily challenges and is so determined to not let diabetes dictate the way her life goes."

Millie added, "I think this is a great idea to have fun while doing something for a local charity that can help so many people. Living with diabetes can be tough, there are definitely good days and bad days. When people say 'I don’t know how you do it', the reality is, I don’t have a choice."

"I have to manage my blood sugars, I need to know what will impact my diabetes all day and every day and sometimes you can do everything right and diabetes still just won’t play ball. Learning to cope with that and accepting that is so important. It isn’t easy for people to understand how it impacts every part of you. From your mood to the clothes, you can wear with an insulin pump to dealing with people telling me what I am allowed to eat."

"I have lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 30 years now, I know my diabetes and I know that I have the support I need to face each of the good days and the bad days that lie ahead. Hopefully, by helping raise awareness we can help support others living with diabetes in Northern Ireland."

This is a great challenge to take on with your friends and colleagues, all you have to do is sign up online, booking a time to take the challenge and donating to Chris Jelly’s justgiving page.

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