We are a team of six - one lady and five men. On 25th August 2018 we cycle on road bikes from Nice on the South Coast of France through the Southern Alps to the base of the highest mountain in Southern France – 230Km and 6,350m. height gain. After a big bowl of pasta, we will run then climb on foot through the night to the summit of Le Barre des Ecrins (4,102m.) using crampons and ice axes. This mountain section is 11km's in distance and 2,200m. height gain. In total we want to do the whole challenge in 24 hours from the Sea to the Summit!
We want to raise money for our charity Action4Diabetics.org.
This successful charity, established in 2015, is already supporting more than 350 children with Type 1 Diabetes in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Northern Thailand. We support by giving free insulin and test strips, organise educational camps, personal development courses and scholarship programs. But the need is great, and we are committed to supplying insulin, without which our children will simply die.
Since my diagnosis as a Type 1 Diabetic in 2001 I have done
17 insulin challenges to raise money for children with Diabetes who cannot afford Insulin. My extreme challenges include climbing the hardest technical walls in the European Alps, 24-hour endurance cycle rides, the North Face of the Eiger in under 10 hours and new climbs in Patagonia, the Himalayas and Africa. But I think this one will be my hardest. There is a high chance of failure and this challenge has never been done before.
The biggest issue for me is that I am only about 70% fit; in August 2017, less than a year ago, I was training for this challenge when I was knocked off my road bike by a car, resulting in a broken neck and paralysis of my right arm. After 6 months of intensive physiotherapy, and a nasty period of mental depression, I have managed to get my feeble body back into some sort of shape, enough hopefully to complete this huge challenge.
I have a great team and we will all work together and really do our absolute best. We are dedicated to saving the lives of children who will simply die without insulin. Please give what you can, but honestly even a few £'s would really mean everything to us, because it will show that there are others out there who care and who want to save innocent young lives.
Thank you…really. Thank you.
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