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DRWF Fundraising: Cyclists arrive in Edinburgh from London

DRWF Fundraising: Cyclists arrive in Edinburgh from London

Cameron Muir marked 20 years of living with type 1 diabetes with a group of friends on fundraising cycle ride.

Published: Sep 11, 2020
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London-based Cameron Muir marked 20 years of living with type 1 diabetes by cycling from London to Edinburgh, in aid of DRWF.

Cameron was joined by a group of close friends for the fundraising challenge Abby Cammack, Tom Young, James York and Charlotte Holmes, covering more than 400 miles.

The cyclists met in London ahead of setting off on their challenge left to right - Tom Young, Abby Cammack, James York, Cameron Muir and Charlotte Holmes

They set off from Dalston, London on 28th August and made it north of the border to reach Edinburgh on schedule on 4th September.

The group set a target of £15,000 – and have so far smashed that with a total just under £19,000 raised at time of going to press.

If they make it to £20,000 they will have raised enough funds to cover the cost of a DRWF Pump Priming award towards vital diabetes research. This could also cover a Diabetes Wellness Day event.

After several days cycling the team got a sign they were close to their destination

The team hope to hit the £20,000 mark which would enable them to support a one-year DRWF research project. Otherwise, the funds will be used to support the charity’s Diabetes Wellness event programme.

Cameron Muir said: “The support that we have received from our colleagues friends and family has been incredibly heart-warming. Not only through their donations to achieve such a massive amount for our charities but also with the messages of encouragement to get up through all the up and downs of cycling for seven days from London to Edinburgh.

“Thank you to the charity, families, friends and colleagues for everything, I deeply appreciate everything to ensure that the five of us could make this all happen!”

At the Scottish Border the group made a friend

Karen Scott, Community Fundraiser at DRWF, said: “During the lockdown due to Covid-19, when all our upcoming fundraising events were being cancelled, we were contacted by this amazing team of people who were planning to cycle from London to Edinburgh and raise money for DRWF.

“To say we were thrilled was an understatement! This challenge gave all of us at DRWF a sense of hope, and also something positive to focus on during a very uncertain period.

“Their original idea was to fund one of our pump priming awards of £20,000 and this motivated team have raised almost £19,000 so far - an amazing achievement and fitting reward for all their efforts. Our grateful thanks go out to them, to those people who supported them along their journey and also to those who made a contribution to their fundraising. Your combined efforts are most appreciated.”

On arrival in Edinburgh the cyclists were met by a welcoming party of well-wishers

They made it! From London all the way to Aud Reekie - the triumphant DRWF fundraising cyclists pictured in front of Edinburgh Castle
You can still donate to support the cyclists on their Virgin Money Giving fundraising page

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 Diabetes 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.”

In addition to raising funds for DRWF the cyclists were also 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.”

You can still donate to support the cyclists on their Virgin Money Giving fundraising page
Find out more about DRWF fundraising here

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 fundraising@drwf.org.uk or call 023 9263 6138

Support DRWF by making a donation here
Find out more about DRWF-funded research here
Read Managing diabetes and looking after yourself during the Covid-19 health crisis
Read Latest changes in guidance in shielding and protecting people at high risk of Covid-19 including people with diabetes

DRWF operations during the Covid-19 health crisis

The DRWF team is now working remotely. Covid-19 guidance, particularly where it aligns or impacts with diabetes guidance, is shared as quickly as possible through the DRWF website and social media channels with the aim of making it as easy to understand as possible and a reliable source of latest news.

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