A Corby woman is taking on a cycling challenge to raise money for a diabetes charity because her mum has the condition.
Tracy Taylor is going to cycle 14 miles along the Brampton Valley Way from Market Harborough to Northampton on Saturday, June 6, for the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) in a bid to generate much-needed funds.
The 37-year-old will be joined by friend Tracey Jones-Moses, who is 44 and from North Crawley, in taking part in the charity’s Striding out for Diabetes challenge.
Tracy said: “My mum is diabetic so this is a charity that I feel is well worth supporting. The IDDT works tirelessly in the name of people with diabetes, helping to make their lives easier. I am a dedicated supporter and am proud to be taking on this challenge.”
The Northampton-based charity provides vital independent support for people with diabetes, their parents and carers.
The charity formed in 1994 to fight for choice of insulin for all. It now provides a free, confidential helpline, has published dozens of helpful publications, stages events and lobbies the government on behalf of its members.
It is estimated that more than one in 20 people in the UK has diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed). There are 2.9 million people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK. By 2025, it is estimated five million people will have diabetes in the UK.
Martin Hirst, acting IDDT chief executive, said: “Diabetes is quickly becoming the health epidemic of the 21st century. We need to take diabetes seriously before it causes more problems to more people.
“We, like every charity, are reliant on donations so we are extremely grateful to Tracy and Tracey for raising these vital funds. The money will go towards enabling us to continue to support people with diabetes live with a lifelong health condition, which if not managed properly can lead to devastating consequences, including amputation, blindness and even death.”