A woman from Ashford will walk 1 million steps in the next three months in an effort to raise cash for leading charity Diabetes UK after her 5-year-old son was diagnosed with the condition just seven weeks ago.
Diabetes UK’s 1 Million Step Challenge takes place between 1 July and 30 September, and invites people to push themselves out of their comfort zone, by taking 1 million steps over three months and getting sponsored for every stride.
It will take Rae O’ Sullivan, pictured centre, at least 10,000 steps a day to reach her million by the end of September – that’s roughly the equivalent of five miles.
Rae, 26, wants to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes after her 5-year-old son, Izaiah, pictured left, was diagnosed with the condition.
Retail worker Rae has been training hard for the challenge and said: “Izaiah’s diagnosis came as such a shock. It was so sudden. Really out of character for him, he was suddenly tired with a chronic thirst. That was on a Wednesday. By the Sunday, I knew something wasn’t right with him so I took him to the GP the next day, who tested his blood and came back with the diagnosis. He spent over a week in hospital, but he’s been a little trooper – I’m very proud of him.
"I really want to raise awareness of diabetes: please go to your GP immediately if your child starts to display any of these symptoms such as extreme tiredness or thirst. The quicker, the better.
“I’m taking this challenge for Diabetes UK to give something back. The local community have really rallied round since Izaiah was diagnosed and we’ve now raised over £800 in just three weeks! I want to raise much more so that one day we can find a cure.”
Jess D’Arcy, Diabetes UK Fundraising Events Manager, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Rae for joining #TeamDUK to help raise vital funds to help people living with diabetes.
“Every penny raised will help us to support the millions of people living with diabetes in the UK like Izaiah so please give generously to back Rae and support her amazing effort.”
To sponsor Rae go to Rae's Just Giving page.