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Inspiring runner with type 1 diabetes takes on challenge of a lifetime

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26-year-old Gavin Griffiths, 'The DiAthlete', will attempt to complete 25 marathon runs around the UK and Ireland between 13 April and 13 May 2018.

He is taking on the 655 mile challenge to raise £10,000 towards the work of the newly founded 'League of DiAthletes' programme, which provides practical and innovative type 1 diabetes education and supports access to crucial resources, such as insulin and blood glucometers, for patients living with type 1 diabetes in developing countries.

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body's immune system attacks insulin-producing beta cells, meaning the pancreas can no longer control glucose levels in the bloodstream. Patients have to manage their diet and exercise very carefully to stay healthy and avoid serious long-term complications.

Gavin initially struggled to come to terms with his type 1 diabetes, after being diagnosed at the age of eight; he was told that playing the sports he loved could have serious risks to his health.

As part of his challenge, he will encourage people to open up about their condition, and share stories from local heroes living with type 1 diabetes along his route.

Gavin has supported us with sports workshops for our youngsters and is a wonderful advocate for our young people living with type 1 diabetes.

Marathon number seven begins at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford on Friday 20 April 2018. You can welcome him home at the end of his Oxford Marathon in Bury Knowle Park, Headington, from 4.45pm on Friday 20 April.

Find out more and follow his progress on social media via the links below.

Diabetes Sports Workshop - Saturday 12 May 2018

Our Sports Workshop is back due to popular demand!

If you are interested in finding out more about how to best manage sport and exercise when you have Type 1 Diabetes, then please come along to this free workshop.

Led by:

  • Anne-Marie Frohock, Lead Diabetes Dietitian
  • Dr Alistair Lumb, Adult Diabetes Consultant
  • Dr Taffy Makaya, Paediatric Diabetes Consultant.

This year's workshop has new content and format, so if you would like to attend again there should be something different to hear so please do come along.

The day will include:

  • educational session for parents and carers
  • fun-filled activities for youngsters and families
  • inspirational stories from professional sports people living with type 1 diabetes
  • Q&A sessions - ask the athletes.

For full details please see the attached poster (pdf, 691 KB)

Places are open to those over the age of eight and are limited, so please return your completed booking form ASAP to secure your place.

For more information please contact Anne-Marie.

Join Diabetes UK at #TheBig1

Saturday 16 June 2018 10.30am - 4.00pm
Swindon Town Football Club

For anyone 16-26 years old (if under 18 please bring an adult) and living with Type 1 diabetes, plus one guest.

Share tips and support (as well as those awkward stories) with other young people who really understand: lunch and snacks will be provided.

Register for your free place at: eu.eventscloud.com/thebig1

For more details:

February 2018

Flash Glucose Sensing (Abbott Freestyle Libre) available for children and young people in Oxfordshire

We are delighted to announce that the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) have approved prescribing of FreeStyle Libre sensors on the NHS. This will be for patients who meet certain criteria.

Please follow the link here, which has been sent to GPs in Oxfordshire, to see what the requirements are (pdf)

Prescriptions will be through the GP, on request by the paediatric diabetes team. We will be discussing with patients on an individual basis whether eligibility for Libre prescribing is possible during the routine diabetes clinic appointment.

In order for us to prescribe the Libre, certain criteria will need to be met. This includes that each individual will have attended structured education for use of the FreeStyle Libre. There are certain criteria that must also be met within the clinic, such as completing the relevant documentation and also participation in National Audit.

Any patient who is eligible and who meets the criteria will have a six-month trial, and following this it will be assessed whether funding can be continued. We are very happy to discuss this in more depth at your/your child’s next clinic appointment.

We will not be initiating request for funding until the beginning of May 2018. This is because it will take some time to get everything in place. If there are any questions, please do ask your doctor, nurse or dietitian when you attend your clinic appointment.

December 2017

Trotman's team triumphs in Oxford Mail football league

Boy in football kit on the pitch about to kick a ball

Jos Trotman is a boy of many talents: he manages his type 1 diabetes, and also competes at a top level for youth football in Oxfordshire.

Jos plays for Abingdon Under 14s and took part in the Oxford Mail Boys' League U14 Knockout Cup on Sunday 3 December 2017 against Caversham Colts U14. The knockout competition is organised for the top two divisions in the League.

Playing sport at such a high level can require careful management of diabetes, but Jos has always achieved this cheerfully and with pride.

Jos' family believes this has been possible with the strong support of the Diabetes Sports clinic, ensuring Jos is aware of all aspects of diabetes management and able to make any changes as appropriate.

They said: "The Abingdon Youth team is really supportive of Jos; the coaching staff always make sure he has time to adjust pump settings - or finger prick if needed - whenever he needs to do this.

"Thanks so much to you and all the doctors at the Sports Clinic for all the help and guidance you've given us."

July 2017

 

Mud run for fun and fundraisingMuddy children relaxing after the run

There was much mud and madness when Joe Binns, his sister Jess, and friends Eddie, Archie, Joey, Harry and Dylan participated in a military mud run to raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

The 5km run included obstacles to climb over and lots of muddy water to go through.

Joe said "The best part was where we had to go down a slide into a pond with very black water! By the end we were extremely muddy."

The group raised an magnificent amount from the event and raised over £600 for JDRF. It was definitely mud madness, as Joe also said, "I would definitely do it again because it was so much fun!"

June 2017

 

Ashington to Amsterdam

Cyclists celebrating in Amsterdam

Wheels were spinning and legs were turning when Kev Binns and three friends, Andrew, Jeremy and Darius, cycled from Ashington in Sussex to Amsterdam in just five days.

Taking the ferry from Dover to Calais, they cycled through Belgium and finished in Amsterdam. The photo shows the four cyclists when they completed their tour in Amsterdam.

This cyclothon has topped their fundraising efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to just over £4000. An incredible achievement!

Cycling for Diabetes - Chippy to Children's Hospital

A group of people lined up in an office

Oxford Children's Hospital was spinning round with wheels and excitement in June 2017, when Aaron Perry from the Team Novonordisk Professional Cycling Team called in at the Children's Hospital to visit and encourage budding future cyclists and athletes.

Aaron has Type 1 Diabetes and yet it has not stopped him in his desire to pursue a career in cycling and indeed, he is a professional cyclist.

Aaron was inspirational to everyone who attended, not only in his ability to cycle around the UK for a whole week to raise the awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and Exercise, but also in his presentation on managing diabetes and being a professional cyclist. Aaron spent time talking with the young people and their families who attended and answering any questions they had.

His key messages were that "There is a very large variance in how the condition presents for people and how their bodies respond to diet, insulin and activity and mistakes in personal management frequently occur and a key issue is learning from them."

He also highlighted the importance of an "Ongoing trusted dialogue with a health care professional" which he said "makes a qualitative difference for people living with the condition" and reiterated the importance of regular physical exercise being essential to everyone.

May 2017

Swim 22 Challenge for Diabetes UK

Three swimming caps with Swim 22 branding

Team McGinley - Brian, Sharon, Hannah, Louisa and Aiden - took on this challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK.

They had to swim 22 miles (the distance across the English Channel) over three months.

They are all keen swimmers, but it was a long distance - 1,416 lengths of a 25 metre pool! The tricky bit was getting the children to the pool after school, as they had other sport clubs to attend.

Hannah would test her blood glucose before getting in to swim, and take a Lucozade bottle with her.

They completed the challenge before May, and to date have raised over £500 for Diabetes UK, alongside raising awareness of the charity through social media.

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