Andrew Draper BVMS MRCVS, head Vet at the Nottingham based Oak House Veterinary Centre, is one of the ‘dozen diabetes dads’ taking up the challenge of a cycle ride from London to Paris to raise funds for research aimed at finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Andrew is cycling from JDRF head office Islington, London on 24th May and hopes to arrive some 340km and 4 days later in Paris. The first 2 days of the challenge will offer the toughest, cycling of 108km each day, with a more leisurely 55km on day 3, and a 45km roll into Paris on the last day.
Andrew’s 15yr old son Jack was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes completely out of the blue, just after his eighth birthday. ‘Over the last 8 years Jack has dealt with his condition, bravely and with great humour’ said Andrew ‘to date there is no cure for Jack and other children that have to deal with type 1 diabetes on a daily basis and for the rest of their lives. I have joined the cycle challenge to raise funds for JDRF to contribute to their ongoing research into a cure for type 1 diabetes; any donations would be greatly appreciated!’
Over the last 5 years Andrew has also undertaken a coast to coast and London Night rider cycle to help raise funds for JDRF, an organisation that funds type 1 diabetes research and whose global programme funds more than 500 active research projects around the world and supports more than 70 clinical trials at any one time. Internationally JDRF has funded £1.43 billion research to date and last year spent almost £72 million on research globally.
If you would like to find out more and support Andrew’s cause please visit the Just Giving site at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/diabetes-dads