Sandra George, 57, from Penygroes has Type 2 diabetes. She is taking on the 1 Million Step Challenge this summer to help her kickstart a healthier lifestyle.
Sandra was diagnosed three years ago after feeling unwell at work. She wants her challenge to increase her fitness, inspire others and raise funds to support more research into the condition.
The 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 one million steps over three months and get sponsored for every stride. It will take Sandra at least 10,000 steps a day to reach her million target.
"A healthier lifestyle makes a huge difference"
Sandra said, “Something told me that something wasn’t right and after a few days I decided to go to the doctor. I was gutted to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
“I am a carer and see how diabetes can lead to complications like amputations. I decided there is no way I am going to get like that.
“I was prescribed tablets but I didn’t want to depend on medication. I lost some weight and was so pleased when my readings improved. My sister also has Type 2 diabetes and when she saw how I had improved she decided to lose some weight too.
“A healthier lifestyle can make a huge difference. I have my next check-up in October and want to see a big difference by then!”
Around 171,000 people in Wales have Type 2 diabetes. As well as this, almost 60,000 people are believed to have Type 2 diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed.
However as many as 3 in 5 cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active.
Our Fundraising Manager, Joseph Cuff, said: “We’re so grateful to Sandra for taking on the challenge to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. It’s great to hear how her efforts are already inspiring others with Type 2 diabetes too. The money she raises will help raise vital funds to help other people living with diabetes in Wales”.
Find out more about the 1 Million Step Challenge.