A dozen “diabetes dads” cycled to Paris to support type 1 diabetes research

Diabetes Dads in front of the Eiffel Tower having cycled from London to Paris

A dozen “diabetes dads” completed a Bank Holiday adventure – by pedalling from London to Paris to support research into type 1 diabetes. The 12 men were brought together by their children, who all live with the condition.

The friends pulled together to help each other get through the challenge, and remained in high spirits throughout the four days as they cycled through the glorious French countryside.

On each of the first two days they cycled 108km, before completing shorter distances of 55km on day three, and 45km on day four. They decided to return to the UK via Eurostar for a well-deserved rest.

Andrew Stroud, one of the dozen, explained the team’s support of JDRF: “They fund type 1 diabetes research to improve lives and one day eradicate the condition for good… Imagine… no more finger prick tests, no more injections, no more cannulas, no more sensor inserts. Our kids have upwards of 2,500 needles in their bodies each and every year, and will until there’s a cure.”

Rebecca Tomlinson, JDRF’s Senior Challenge and Sports Fundraising Manager, said: “The efforts of these ‘diabetes dads’ cannot be underestimated. They have cycled hundreds miles to draw attention to the benefits of type 1 diabetes research and to raise funds. We could not be more grateful for their efforts. Thank you so much.”

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