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I wanted to do something different to raise money for Team Mr Toby

Neil Finch's 'tough little boy' inspired him to brave the charity mud race Tough Mudder



Neil, on the right with his friend Jed Saunders in the Tough Mudder in Leicestershire



Toby with his dad Neil

"My son Toby was diagnosed with Type 1 when he was just two years old, in September 2015. It was a big shock.


"The first thing we thought was we’d have to clear the cupboards out and there’d be no more sweets. We thought the worst but it was the complete opposite. He can eat anything as long as we count his carbs.


"It was a struggle to start off with but we are managing it really well." 

"I couldn't ask off any more of my wife Kerrie. She has been brilliant. She is amazing with him. She does deserve a medal.

"Toby’s getting on really well. He’s been on his pump since December 2015. He’s just a normal little boy and takes it all in his stride. Nothing bothers him. He’s a tough little boy!

"I wanted to do something different to raise some money for Team Mr Toby which is why I did the charity mud run. I’d always wanted to do the Tough Mudder and this was my chance to do it. 

"I asked on Facebook if I could run with anyone and Alex Rankin said join him and the guys. Then my buddy Jed Saunders said he do it with me. I asked if they were happy to run for Diabetes UK and they all agreed so bought them all T-Shirts and they all donated to Team Mr Toby. 

"I raised just short of £1,500 and I am looking to raise more for Team Mr Toby and Diabetes UK. I got some ideas for next year which is going to take a lot off organising.

"Friends and family have been brilliant. We want to thank them for all there help and support."

Team Mr Toby's JustGiving page.



Team Mr Toby got bigger thanks to Facebook. (Neil, second right, with, from left, Jed Saunders, Alex Rankin, Michael Spudla Sharp, Warren Nicol, Dean McCook and Sunny Parma)
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