Head Vet Andrew Draper is fundraising for diabetes charity JDRF, by taking part in a challenging London to Paris cycle ride alongside a group of 12 Diabetic Dads.
Andrew’s 15 year old son, Jack, has Type 1 Diabetes and he is joining 11 other fathers of children with the same condition.
The cycling route goes from JDRF HQ in Islington London to the centre of Paris, a journey which will take 4 days and covers over 300 km.
Five years ago, Jack, then eight years old, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Since then, he has had to have insulin therapy to keep him alive. Initially he was treated with four injections a day and, more recently, through an insulin pump. JDRF is a charity which works to improve the lives of people with Type 1 Diabetes and funds research for a cure.
Commenting, Andrew Draper said: “Following my previous rides for JDRF, I wanted to set myself and my bike a different sort of challenge. The Diabetic Dads Dozen originally met together during our previous London Nightrider challenge in 2016 and we all felt we wanted to do a different longer ride together to help raise funds for this important cause.
He added: “We are just a group of normal Dads and will be helping each other round when the going gets tough. To help me prepare, I’m back in training on my bike around Woodborough and the surrounding villages.
“I’m looking forward to sharing a great adventure with the other Dads and cycling through some lovely English and French countryside, hopefully we can enjoy a refreshing glass of wine at the end of the day. The ride into Paris will hopefully be unforgettable as it is so iconic in the cycling world! “
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