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"When I was 29, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I lost 1.5 stone in 3 weeks (which at the time I thought was brilliant!) and my eyesight had become blurred. Add to that the need to go to the toilet (in desperation) every 30 minutes and the extreme thirst, I should have known something was up, but I had never before come across Diabetes. I went to the doctor who sent me straight to the Royal Berks for numerous tests. I was diagnosed that day and immediately put on insulin injections to try to reduce my blood sugar levels. I had a 30 minute chat with a nutritionist and was then left to get on with trying to work out how to manage an insulin regime that would stabilise my blood sugars. For those that don't know, I am effectively trying to mimic my pancreas which secretes insulin to cope with the food you eat. Insulin transports sugar from the blood into the cells where it can be used for energy, or stored. Without insulin your blood sugars remain high, and you would die within a few weeks. So, without the research of Diabetes UK I would not be alive today.

Over the past 11 years I have learned a lot about how different food is converted into blood sugar (the speed and quantity of the rise in my blood sugars), how other hormones act in the opposite way to Insulin, how exercise and illness can affect how effective insulin is etc. Every day is a different day and managing Diabetes artificially is a daily battle.My most recent blood test was the best ever, which shows I am getting better at it, but I have had concerns over my kidneys losing function and over time the higher than normal sugar levels in my blood are likely to cause problems with my organs, blood pressure and nervous system.

Having said all that, I lead as full a life as possible and enjoy every moment of it. Diabetes UK has helped provide me with pumps, insulin and the technology to improve my control. With the rise in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes this charity's funds are in increasing demand and the pressure will only increase. I'd like to therefore give just a little bit back in the hope that one day this disease can be beaten. Maybe not for my generation but hopefully for the next one. They say 1 in 3 people born today will be impacted by Diabetes of some sort. If you can contribute it would be greatly appreciated. 

I have worked out that walking is great for keeping my blood sugar levels down. With a group of amazing friends, I now enjoy regular walking, with beautiful scenery around us, and some great conversations (and some very weird ones!). The Jurassic coast is one of my favourite places so I'm excited to be embarking on this journey with the fabulous ladies - Angela, Gill, Anna, Fi and Trudi. Thanks for taking the time to read this xx”- Beth

“A few months ago I decided to step up the pace in my attempts to get fit and lose some weight in the process. I signed up for an 8 week programme at the gym which involved eating a carb free diet. Beth heard about my plans and said she’d join me in attempting the carb free approach as it would benefit her diabetes. I was reasonably clueless about what I was getting myself into and, quite frankly, if she hadn’t pushed me along in the right direction I might never have got out of the starting blocks! Our walks subsequently involved many hours of conversation about diet and diabetes. The result is that not only have I been successful in achieving a healthier lifestyle and getting fitter, I have also learnt, firsthand, just how hard it is to stick to a diabetes friendly diet and the impacts this disease is having on so many people. The Jurassic Coast Challenge is a fantastic and exciting next step in our efforts to continue fighting Beth’s diabetes (and obviously we are pretty keen to do something that involves a lot more walking and talking!), and it’s a great way to raise some funds and awareness for a very worthy charity. It made a lot of sense to me to pick Diabetes UK as the charity I would support as this all began with Beth.” - Angela

"So here we are.......six friends united by the prospect of taking part and completing the Jurassic Coast Challenge 2018 from Poole to Bridport to raise funds for Diabetes UK. Make no mistake, this walk is no 'stroll in the park' but rather an up and down ultra distance of 100km. We have opted to start on the morning of Saturday 21 July and keep walking until we finish which we estimate will be some point on the afternoon of Sunday the 22nd. This adventure is both physical and mental so please help us keep going by sponsoring us to support Beth's chosen charity, Diabetes UK. Thank you" - Fi


Updates 21

So it's been a week since the challenge and we have pretty much recovered. As the pure hardship of the 2 days slowly drifts away, we're all left pondering whether we could have done it faster........so this may not be the end, and there may be a new challenge on the horizon, but for now we're enjoying the rest. Fundraising is at £3935 and I'd love us to hit the £4k mark so if you feel you can help please do, even if it's just £5 - every little helps. Thanks for all the kind messages of support and generous donations that are so appreciated. x

30/07/18 09:39

We made it - yay! So pleased to have the whole team over the finish line all together. Such a hard core bunch of ladies I never did see. Angela pushed the pace and led us to the end, Anna team medic, kept us going with tape and plasters to make sure we made it, Fi -so strong after fainting mid-way, to get up and carry on deserves the heroes medal, Trudi - the giggles and the singing lifted all our spirits, Gill - the character assassinator was always smiling and burnt through the knee pain. What a great effort. We've so far raised over £5000!

23/07/18 01:30

We’re all busy packing to be ready to leave for Poole at lunch time. We’re all humbled by the support and generous donations- thank you to everyone who has supported us and Diabetes so far. We’re so close to our £3000 target- just £260 away. I’m sure we’ll get there.........

20/07/18 10:00

Yes the first e-ticket has arrived! Any supporters wishing to join us can be at the start for 06:30 for our pep talk next Saturday...........anybody?............Look out for number 1415, she's trouble!

11/07/18 03:16

So we're two weeks away from our challenge now. Anna has at last found the perfect shoes, the rest of us have been sidetracked with making coffees at Henley Regatta but some of the team are going to try another walk this week - the last one before the big event. My ankle is recovering slowly and I have had some help from Kathy's sports massage treatment to reduce swelling. The big question is now turning to the weather. It's so hot out there - will this be the case in under 2 weeks time? If you haven't yet sponsored us please do......

09/07/18 01:54

Raising money for

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK

Charity Registration No. 215199

Diabetes UK is the charity leading the fight against the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, creating a world where diabetes can do no harm. It’s a fight that involves all of us – sharing knowledge and taking diabetes on together. Until we achieve our vision. Join us.

Raising money for

Run by Diabetes UK

Charity Registration No. 215199

Donations 129

Awesome!

Donation by Will Hughes on 06/08/18

£50.00

Amazing - I'm so impressed

Donation by lisa stott on 03/08/18

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Well done all if you! Angela this is great - what a fab thing to do!

Donation by Louise Parr on 02/08/18

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Kevin Swift on 02/08/18

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Amazing!

Donation by Anonymous on 01/08/18

£10.00

Donation by Jo Smith on 01/08/18

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Massive well done ladies! Awesome achievement x

Donation by Annaliese Kemp on 01/08/18

£10.00

Amazing effort Fi! Love the name of the group! C xxx

Donation by Charlotte Whitley on 01/08/18

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done ladies, great effort! Hannah xx

Donation by Hannah Dunbar on 01/08/18

£10.00

Well done Angela! (and all) x

Donation by James Wilby on 01/08/18

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done!! An inspiring challenge & cause to support.

Donation by Penny Wenham on 01/08/18

£10.00

Well done the FATBAGS - great effort and sorry this is a little late. Stuart, Laura and the boys.

Donation by Stuart Seymour on 31/07/18

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

From Mummy Baxter with a big well done to all

Donation by Jenny Baxter on 30/07/18

£50.00

From Marie Tomlinson

Donation by Marie Tomlinson on 30/07/18

£10.00

Donation by Anonymous on 29/07/18

£50.00

What an amazing achievement! Well done all. Billo, Philippe, Prue and Ernie xx

Donation by Belinda Yannic on 27/07/18

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Fi and friends - what a super and memorable achievement x

Donation by Laura F on 26/07/18

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 25/07/18

£5.00

Well done Fi and friends!

Donation by The Morris family on 25/07/18

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Such a fantastic achievement - well done Fatbags!!

Donation by Julie Main on 24/07/18

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Fiona and the FATBAG team (great name by the way!)

Donation by Heledd Hanscomb on 24/07/18

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Well done FATBAG!! What an achievement!!

Donation by The Haucks on 24/07/18

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Donation by chloe hall on 24/07/18

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Fi!!!! Amazing effort. Zib&Danxx

Donation by Dan Hanbury on 23/07/18

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Great effort everyone!

Donation by jonathan collins on 23/07/18

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,970.00
  • Offline donations£260.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£4,230.00
  • Gift Aid£846.25

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