Aiden’s walking to help others with diabetes

A 13-year-old Fraserburgh boy is leading a local team of fundraisers as they take positive steps towards creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Friday, 18th September 2020, 12:17 pm
Aiden decided just sitting around wasn’t for him so took part in the Diabetes UK charity challenge.

Aiden Robertson, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for seven years, is taking part in the One Million Step Challenge with 12 members of the Broch T1 Diabetes Group, in aid of Diabetes UK.

The challenge sees people being sponsored to complete one million steps in three months, approximately 10,850 per day. Aiden, who attends Fraserburgh Academy, reached the one million step milestone in just six weeks on August 15 and has raised more than £2,300 in the process for the charity.

More than 25,000 people across the UK are taking part in the challenge and Aiden is among the top ten individual fundraisers to date. The Broch T1 Diabetes Group is currently at number three on the leaderboard for group fundraising.

Aiden said: “I’m taking part in the One Million Step Challenge to support people, like me, who are living with type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed seven years ago and want to support research to find a cure.

“The best part of the challenge is that I go for a walk everyday with dad when he’s not away working and speak about things, otherwise mum and I go. It’s been great to have so many people support me with donations, that also encouraged me to keep going.”

The Broch T1 Diabetes Group launched in 2019 to support people in the area who are living with or caring for someone with type 1 diabetes. Group Secretary, Lianne Innes, is also taking part in the One Million Step Challenge with the team.

Lianne said: “I didn’t expect that we would be able to raise that much money as so many people are affected by furlough and the uncertainty of potential redundancies. I’ve been really overwhelmed by the generosity and support from so many people.

“Our group, is for people of all ages who are living with type 1 diabetes, and their families. Unless you are living with the condition, it’s really difficult to understand the everyday challenges that we face. You have to think about absolutely everything you do to make sure you are prepared just in case of unexpected blood glucose readings. So, the group is there to offer support with online meetings as well as a Facebook and WhatsApp group. That means that if anyone is struggling or has a question, there is always someone available to help. We are one big diabetes family!”

The One Million Step challenge is one of a series of fitness-related fundraising events organised by Diabetes UK. The impact of COVID-19 has meant that large outdoor participation events have been cancelled, with charity fundraising taking a big hit. Diabetes UK’s refreshed suite of challenges, including UK Wide Cycle Ride in September and Month of Miles in October, are designed to be undertaken in your local area, at your own pace.

Angela Mitchell, National Director of Diabetes Scotland, said: “We’re really grateful to Aiden, Lianne and the Broch T1 Diabetes Group for supporting our work to fund groundbreaking research, care services and campaigns that can improve the lives of those living with diabetes. During the past few months, demand for our services has reached unprecedented levels and our own funding has been significantly impacted. People with diabetes need us now, and so we need support to be able to continue fighting.

“As well as the One Million Step Challenge we have other fitness fundraising events including a UK Wide Cycle Ride in September, Wellbeing Walks and a Month of Miles in October. These challenges are great if you want to motivate yourself to get more fit and healthy. You can take on the challenges on your own or as part of a team. They are fun, active and help us to raise much needed funds to fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm.”

For more information on the fundraising events for Diabetes UK, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/fundraising-events

To support the Broch T1 Diabetes Group fundraising: https://step.diabetes.org.uk/pages/broch-t1-diabetes-group

For more information on Broch T1 Diabetes Group: www.facebook.com/groups/brocht1diabetesgroup