British GT4 Championship racer Ben Wallace from Southport, is raising awareness of diabetes and has donated £500 to leading charity Diabetes UK to support people affected by the condition.
The money was partly raised at this year’s Ormskirk Motorfest and Ben hopes he can help other people living with diabetes through his support of Diabetes UK.
Ben, 19, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just 12 months-old, said: “I think it’s important to show that diabetes doesn’t have to stop you doing anything you want to in life- it certainly hasn’t stopped me pursuing my dreams. I hope that by raising funds for Diabetes UK and awareness of the condition, I can help other people living with diabetes.
“Thank you also to Engine Carbon Clean North West for kindly letting us use their stand at the Ormskirk Motorfest and helping with our fundraising effort.”
Diabetes is a serious condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. With the right treatment, knowledge and support, people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life.
Clare Howarth, Head of the North of England at Diabetes UK said:
“We are incredibly grateful to Ben for all his support and for raising awareness of diabetes. His hard work and determination as a racing driver show that diabetes doesn’t have to stop you achieving your dreams. The money Ben has raised will help our work to create a world where diabetes can do no harm.”