Becky’s daughter Evie was diagnosed with type 1 aged 7 and recently her baby nephew, Jude, was also diagnosed at only 13 months old. The children now face a lifetime of insulin therapy and constant blood testing to stay alive.
At the London Marathon Becky will be joined by 170 JDRF runners who aim to raise over £400,000 in total to support vital type 1 diabetes research.
Talking of her motivation to take part in this challenge, Becky said “The London Marathon will be a huge physical and mental challenge for me. However it is nothing compared to what Evie and Jude have to deal with on a daily basis and they will have to for the rest of their lives. It was so great to get the support from Ali and his team at Shapla Balti – and his very generous donation of £500. Through a raffle and other donations we raised £850 in one evening, which has really helped towards my fundraising target”
Ali from Shapla Balti said, ““It was a brilliant night, we thank Becky, Karen and Martin for all their hard work organising it, and we look forward to hosting something like this again soon. we are very pleased to be helping the local community”.
The night consisted of a five course set menu and fundraising in the form of a raffle.
Becky added: “Training has not been easy with regular 5am starts to get out and run in the rain, wind and snow! At difficult times the support of my family and friends and thoughts of Evie and Jude spur me on.”
Around 40,000 people will be running the 26.2 mile route from Greenwich to The Mall. Participating in one of the most famous races in the world, Becky will be running alongside individuals from across the globe that live with type 1 diabetes and also support JDRF.
The 400,000 people in the UK who live with type 1 diabetes – including 29,000 children – rely on multiple insulin injections or pump infusions every day just to stay alive. A child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of five faces up to 19,000 injections and 50,000 finger prick blood tests by the time they are 18. The condition is not linked to lifestyle factors.
Luan Roberts, Senior Challenge Events Fundraiser at JDRF, said: “Running the London Marathon is a brilliant way to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes – a serious and complex condition – while helping JDRF support vital research. I wish all participants the best of luck and thank them for their incredible support.”
Read more about Becky’s story here: www.justgiving.com/Rebecca-Moore34