We have been good friends for the best part of 3 years and have all seen the impacts diabetes causes to individuals and families. Alarmingly diabetes continues to grow in pandemic proportions around the world and with more than 4.7 million people diagnosed in the UK, our work is increasingly important. By going skydiving, we want to raise as much awareness and support for the dedicated charities such as DRWF. To kick-start our fundraising we thought what’s better than jumping out of a perfectly working plane. Well, we guess you could say the sky is our limit!
Diabetes can impact a person’s health short term but also in the long term. Keeping your blood sugar levels in the correct range decrease your chances of encountering complications later in life. Some long term effects impact your eyesight, nerves and feet. The advancements in diabetes from the research by charities like DRWF enable those with diabetes to better control their levels and reduce the risk of long term problems. Not only does this help those suffering, but it’s a weight off the shoulders of their loved ones too.
We have selected the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation Charity due to their dedication to raise awareness of diabetes and provide information to support diabetics across the country. DRWF provide vital research to establish causes, prevention and treatment of type 1 and 2 diabetes. Will is always being told about new things that are being trialled and the new technology we’ve been given so far, such as the insulin pump, save time and equipment, and we are keen to see what else can be developed in the future. It is sometimes hard to understand how making a donation today, or getting involved in a fundraising event can make a difference in the future, but it is this combined effort that drives change forward. DRWF exists almost entirely on donations, so your support will contribute to the better understanding of diabetes.
Steph’s personal account
This skydive is important to me because my little brother, Will, has type 1 diabetes. He has had it for nearly 4 years and, although we have been lucky and so far we have only had a few scares, it has been a long journey of adjustment. I know I worry about Will now, and I doubt this will ever stop. I wish I could swap places with him but obviously I can’t and so I want to try to do as much as I can to help him. This skydive and the support of the charity is so exciting for me and I cannot thank Charlie and Lily enough for agreeing to do it too. The advancements made every day helps me to relax more and more about Will and his health and raising money with two people I love is important as we know we are contributing to helping Will, and others, in the future.
Charlie and Lily’s personal account
We have known Will for 3 years and in this time have seen him develop into a well-rounded young man and he has not let diabetes limit his teenage years. For some, diabetes can restrict the amount of exercise they can do, however, Will is constantly pushing himself in sports such as football, javelin, kickboxing and cycling due to his athletic nature. Exercise impacts Will’s blood sugar levels significantly and if not monitored can cause a low level of sugar in the bloodstream, with short term symptoms which include blurry vision, fatigue, migraines and could sometimes lead to a coma. On a day to day basis, Will has to check his levels and inject insulin before eating, drinking and exercising. The shock of having to regularly inject seems daunting to us but the way Will has adapted to his new life is commendable.
We are so grateful that we are lucky enough to do this skydive for DWRF and for Will and his family. We are very appreciative of your time reading this and any donations that have been made. We know that they will go a long way in the research that our chosen charity do. Thank you for helping us reach our target.