Two community diabetes nurses from Ceredigion have raised over £11,000 for Diabetes UK Cymru this year!
Anwen Jones and Helen Saunders raised the terrific total through a dinner and auction and a sponsored cycle ride.
Epic cycling challenge
Helen and Anwen are both novice cyclists, but that didn’t stop them cycling an epic 88 miles from Borth to Cardigan on Saturday 8 June.
The tough, winding route passed through every surgery area they cover and took over nine hours to complete.
They were joined by around 25 other cyclists, including people living with diabetes, and supported by friends, family and the Diabetes UK Cymru team members.
Beating their target
The ride raised £4,500 thanks to bucket collections and generous donations from local businesses.
This was added to £7,000 raised from a dinner and auction earlier this year. This takes their total to £11,500, beating their target of £10,000.
Inspired by patients
Anwen said, “We wanted to do something this year to raise awareness of diabetes locally and support Diabetes UK Cymru.
“Many people Helen and I support are living with Type 2 diabetes. Increasing their activity levels would make a difference to their health. We hoped to inspire them to take on some of the cycle route, to kick-start a more active lifestyle.
"We also had one cyclist with Type 1 diabetes, which shows Type 1 should not stop you taking part in physical activity.”
“The ride was incredibly tough. It was fantastic to see so many people cheering us over the finish line and the feeling of achievement made it all feel worthwhile.”
Our Fundraising Manager, Joseph Cuff, said, “Helen and Anwen took on an enormous challenge with this difficult route, but completed the day with smiles on their faces. We’re so proud of everyone who took part for all that they have achieved and very grateful to them for their efforts.”
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