Rob Gilkes from Purton is to join a group of staff from the diabetes care company Ascensia in raising funds to support the type 1 diabetes charity JDRF by taking on the mighty Three Peaks Challenge this summer.
Rob will join 33 participants from across the UK in tackling the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales on 10 and 11 June. The national Three Peaks challenge encompasses Ben Nevis, the Highland peak and highest mountain in the UK, Scafell Pike in Cumbria and Snowdon in north Wales. The challenge requires completion in just 24 hours – a mighty task for even the most seasoned hiker.
The team from Ascensia Diabetes Care are taking part in the challenge to show their commitment to the diabetes community and raise funds to support much needed research in type 1 diabetes. Ascensia Diabetes Care was recently established in 2016 as a global specialist diabetes care company, after Panasonic Healthcare Holdings acquired Bayer Diabetes Care and set it up as a new stand-alone business.
With a passion for helping those living with this condition, the Ascensia team wanted to take on a significant challenge that could raise funds to support people with type 1 diabetes. The group aims to raise £5,000 in the challenge by completing the three climbs which will cover a total of 42km horizontal distance and 3000 vertical metres!
Talking of their motivation to take part in this challenge, Rob said:
“I decided to take on this challenge because I wanted to do something to help the diabetes community. In my job at Ascensia, I see the importance of research in type 1 diabetes and felt I could raise some money to help make a difference for people with type 1 diabetes.”
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. It is not linked to lifestyle or diet. The condition affects 400,000 people in the UK, 29,000 of whom are children. A child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of five faces up to 19,000 injections and 50,000 finger prick blood tests by the time they are 18.
JDRF is the leading global organisation funding type 1 diabetes research. The charity’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes and its complications.
Ascensia Diabetes Care aims to serve the needs of patients through innovation and specialist expertise in diabetes, by creating high quality solutions and tools that help people manage their diabetes. Their mission is to empower people living with diabetes through innovative solutions that simplify and improve their lives.
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