Alford family’s charity success

A DEDICATED family from Alford has managed to raise thousands for charity though a community walk.

As reported on September 28, Louise Fox, organised the event to help cure diabetes after her daughter Chloe was diagnosed with the condition earlier this year.

A total of 19 people took part in the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, October 15 where everyone set off from Alford Market Place and journeyed to Chapel St Leonards Village Green.

Louise estimates that once all the sponsor money is collected from the event they will have raised around £1,500 in total that will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to help raise awareness of type one diabetes and support research into the condition.

Louise said: “The walk was fantastic, the weather was great and it all went very well. It was much better than expected. I thought the young ones would moan but they didn’t and everyone made it to the end with only one break.

“I would certainly do it again as the money raised made it all worthwhile.”

The nine mile walk was open to all and Louise was able to broadcast a live radio message on the morning of the event to invite more to take part and also warn traffic.

“Members of the public beeped there horns in support as they went by and some even stopped to put money in the tubs,” added Louise.

Many local businesses supported the walk and the family would like to say a big thank you to Callabys store, Alford, The White Heart, Alford, Doulton Court Care Home in Sutton On Sea as they all have helped to raise £250 so far.

Chloe, 13, said: “Thank you to everyone who joined the walk.

“I was happy to meet Thomas who also has type one diabetes and took the time to join the walk with his mum Maureen after contacting the Skegness Standard to find out information about the event.”

Colette Seal, from Alford who took part, said: “It was very well organised and it was extremely well supported by the community. Lots of money was collected in the tubs during the walk too.”

Type one diabetes is an autoimmune condition that causes the body’s own immune system to turn on itself and attack cells in the pancreas which produce insulin.

The condition affects about 350,000 adults in the UK, including over 25,000 children and requires multiple daily insulin injections and finger prick blood tests to manage.

Louise added: “I’d like to take the chance, once again, to say thank you to all who have been involved.”