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Will Barker

Will's Arctic Adventure Challenge

Spending 8 days in Arctic conditions for Diabetes UK because I want a world where Diabetes can do no harm.

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Diabetes UK

We provide the vital support people need to ensure they don’t face diabetes alone.

Charity Registration No. 215199

Story

In October 2017, my life and that of my family changed forever when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 15. 

Living with Type 1 Diabetes is difficult and relentless- every morning when I wake up it's the first thing I think about and every night before I go to sleep it's the last thing I think of. I never have a day off. I have to check my blood glucose levels about 12 times a day and inject insulin whenever I eat a meal or a snack. 

I decided that, rather than let it get me down, I would control my Diabetes and not let it control me. I am now fit and well, continue to play rugby and try to lead a normal life. I am remaining positive and proactive and I have been volunteering for Diabetes UK since June 2018.

I recently won the Diabetes UK Inspire Award 2019 for Young Person's Outstanding Contribution; this was in recognition of the fact that I have already spoken to over 1000 students to raise awareness of this life changing condition, it's symptoms and the complications that can arise if it's not managed properly. 

I now want to raise money for Diabetes UK to help fund vital research, which will hopefully one day lead to a cure for people like me living with Type 1 Diabetes. 

In January 2020, along with 10 others from my rugby team at Bishop Auckland Rugby Club, friends and family, I will be taking on an Arctic Adventure Challenge to raise money for the UK's leading Diabetes charity, who have helped me tremendously since my diagnosis. I will spend 8 days in Arctic conditions, taking on various challenges and hoping my insulin doesn't freeze! 

Please donate and join me in fighting for a world where diabetes can do no harm. 

Any donations will be greatly received. Thank you. 



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