Conquering Kilimanjaro For Charity

Local man climbing for diabetes research

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An Ealing man with type 1 diabetes is planning to climb Africa's highest mountain next month.

Dean Horridge from Pitshanger, is CEO and Founder of Fit For Sport, and will be attempting to conquer Kilimanjaro for the diabetes charity JDRF from 14-24 June this year.

400,000 people in the UK have type 1 diabetes (including 29,000 children) and rely on multiple insulin injections or pump infusions every day. The condition is not caused by lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise.

Dean was first diagnosed with the condition in 2000 and has supported JDFR ever since.

He said: “The JDRF charity means a huge amount to both myself and my family, I’m a strong believer in doing your best in life and never letting an illness get the better of you. This charity does such a huge amount for diabetes in this country and I’m very much looking forward to next month, raising awareness and money for a wonderful cause, and taking on one of the world’s biggest challenges. I’m raring to go, if a little nervous about it!”

Fully trained medical staff will be on hand to assist during the trek, who will provide specialist advice on training tips, equipment and nutrition.

Dean will also be joined by Becky Botham- Armstrong, daughter of cricket legend Sir Ian Botham, and professional snowboarder Chris Southwell – who both also live with the condition and support JDRF alongside others.

Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF, said:

“The JDRF Climb Kilimanjaro challenge is a fantastic opportunity for those with type 1 diabetes to prove to themselves and the world that having the condition does not have to stop them embracing the most demanding and exciting challenges. I wish Dean the best of luck and thank him for his continued support, which will help take us one step closer to finding the cure for this condition.”

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20th May 2014