Cameron Muir is set to mark 20 years of living with type 1 diabetes with a group of friends on fundraising cycle ride.
London-based Cameron Muir is set to mark 20 years of living with type 1 diabetes by attempting to cycle north of the border to his hometown of Edinburgh, in aid of DRWF.
For this task he is set to be joined by close friends Abby Cammack, Tom Young, Cameron Muir, James York and Charlotte Holmes as a cycling team to cover the distance of more than 400 miles.
They plan to cycle from their home in Dalston, London to Edinburgh from 28th August to 4th September and are well on their way to reaching their £10,000 fundraising target – having already received pledges for more than £4,500.
Cameron and James in training ahead of their fundraising cycle ride from their home in London to Edinburgh
The idea was concocted during a lockdown stroll in London Fields at Hackney as Cameron and friend James York discussed ways they could do something worthwhile with their time to give something back as the world returns to normality.
Cameron said: “I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 10 in 2010. My family and I were away on an annual trip with a group of family friends when I became very ill and had to be rushed to hospital. It was a shock to find out that I had diabetic ketoacidosis. I had to remain in hospital for a week until the doctors could stabilise my condition. It is now my 20th year of taking insulin and I have had many ups and downs with controlling my blood sugar along the way.
“My grandmother, Dr Norna Cooper, who was one of my biggest supporters being a doctor herself, very sadly died earlier this year in April. She was very interested in research for a cure for diabetes and used to give money to the research centre in Aberdeen in the hopes that she would see a cure during her lifetime. “There’ll be a cure soon” she used to write to me, sending me many newspaper cut-outs and any information that she could get her hands on. “In my grandmother’s memory I have decided, along with my girlfriend and four of my friends, to raise money for Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation. We are going to cycle from my home in London to my parent’s home in Edinburgh. This will be 500 miles which we hope to achieve in one week from the 28th August to 4th September.
“My difficulties as a child growing up with diabetes and as a teenager really affected my life. At school I was a keen sportsman, and at university I became the captain of the 1st XV rugby team. It was hard for me to get my sugar levels right before and after matches.
“Now I am so grateful for the technology that has been developed. I wear a sensor on my leg so that I can test my blood sugar with my smartphone, and it records everything for me.
“I would like to raise money in order to help find the cure that my grandmother was hoping for and to help more young people like me who have been diagnosed at an early age. I believe that £10,000 is needed for consultants and doctors to arrange a Wellness Event to teach people living with diabetes about how to live the lifestyle that they want. This summer my friends and I are determined to make a substantial donation towards this.”
Cycling team preparing to ride from london to Edinburgh in support of DRWF
In addition to raising funds for DRWF they will also be supporting The Black Curriculum.
Cameron said: “The Black Curriculum carry out a range of excellent work to ensure that an accurate account of black history is incorporated to the curriculum for schools throughout the UK, something which is close to all of our hearts in doing what we can to put an end to the structural racism which sadly exists in many aspects of society today.”
Cameron added: “For those of you who are interested, you will be able to follow our pain, laughter and fundraising efforts along the way on social media using the Instagram hashtag #Ride2RaiseLDN2EDI.”
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The DRWF fundraising cycling team at Ditchling Beacon, on the South Downs, near Brighton, from left to right - Abby Cammack, Tom Young, Cameron Muir, James York and Charlotte Holmes.
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Fundraising for DRWF during lockdown
During lockdown many fundraising events that had been scheduled for this year have been cancelled as a result of social distancing measures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Now more than ever we are relying on supporters to come up with novel fundraising ideas to support charity operations.
For example, we recently reported on the challenge set by the Rivinus family, who set a 26,000 steps challenge at their home in support of DRWF.
Karen Scott, Community Fundraiser at DRWF, said: “We are still supporting our research projects during the COVID-19 health crisis. DRWF does not receive any government funding and relies on voluntary donations to enable us to continue to support people living with diabetes and those who care for them.
“We also invest heavily into research, some of which is ongoing. In our last audited year, we invested 93p of every pound spent into our charity aims and objectives.”
If you have a fundraising idea and would like to support DRWF we would love to hear from you. Contact us to discuss any ideas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 9263 6138
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