Midhurst mum rides for diabetes charity

Jonty and Racheal CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Jonty and Racheal CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

A MIDHURST mum is taking part in a ‘wheely’ fun event at Goodwood Motor Circuit – and it is going to make a huge difference to people’s lives.

On April 26, The Wheely Good Event, will see participants cycle, rollerblade, scoot, skateboard, use a wheelbarrow, unicycle, buggie or pram their way around Goodwood Motor Circuit to raise funds for type-one diabetes charity JDRF.

Midhurst resident Racheal Rhodes has a son who lives with type-one diabetes. She said: “Jonty was only 14 months old when he was diagnosed with the condition.

“Fingerprick testing and injecting a toddler is hard. Now aged nine he’s starting to manage his type-one diabetes himself – it’s a scary transition.

“Things that are easy for other children aren’t for Jonty. Children’s parties, school trips, sleepovers – they all need careful planning. Sometimes, I feel like a new mum again with a changing bag. Everywhere we go I take all of Jonty’s medical needs.

“At home we have a whole cupboard designated to his medical kit.

“Jonty often asks ‘why do I have diabetes?’ And every time he does it pulls at my heart strings.

“Other parents of children with type-one diabetes will understand how much time is spent having to defend and explain that no, type-one diabetes is no one’s fault, we didn’t give our children too many sweets, it’s not because they ate the wrong food, and no, they won’t grow out of it.

“I am taking part in the Wheely Good Event for JDRF, not only to raise money for this fabulous charity and to find a cure for Jonty, but to raise awareness too.

“If there is more awareness of type-one diabetes, then hopefully I won’t have to spend my time defending and explaining so much.”

The 400,000 people in the UK who live with type-one diabetes – including 29,000 children – rely on multiple insulin injections or pump infusions every day just to stay alive. The condition is not linked to lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise.

The Wheely Good Event is open to the whole family. Tickets are £10 per adult and £5 per child or £25 for a family of four. All money raised will support vital type one-diabetes research.

For more information and to buy tickets go to jdrf.org.uk/wheely