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London Winter Walk raises funds for Diabetes Charity

29 February 2024
Health and Social Care student Scott Jacobs has raised £462 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through the ‘London Winter Walk'.

Health and Social Care student Scott Jacobs has raised £462 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by taking part in this year’s ‘London Winter Walk’. He is fundraising for the charity due to his own experience with Type 1 diabetes. 

Walking the 26-mile (42 kilometre) route in just seven hours and 45 minutes, Scott took part alongside other competitors, exploring locations such as The Oval Cricket Ground, the Thames, Rotherhithe, and Parsons Green.  

Scott Jacobs holding up completion sign after his London Winter Walk

Having been diagnosed with diabetes at the age of nine, Scott hasn’t let it beat him, with events like this one becoming a personal challenge for him. Completing the walk was able to show Scott that he could deal with challenging situations and that he can overcome them. 

Speaking after the race, Scott said “I did this walk to give back to the people who helped me and to ensure those with Type 1 diabetes get the same chances in life that I have. In the seven years since I’ve been diagnosed, how I manage my diabetes has changed significantly. I’ve been lucky enough to get a closed loop system where my sensor and pump to monitor glucose levels talk to each other continuously adjusting themselves to my need.” 

The money donated to JDRF will continue their work to help find new treatments and cures for diabetes, so that people like Scott can enjoy their lives without worrying about the disease.  

Mum Zena was on hand during Scott’s walk and was amazed at his fundraising total, saying: “I was there the whole way acting as moral support and I am so proud of him. This was such a huge achievement for Scott and it’s great to see the impact he will have by giving back to those that have helped him.” 

Lucy Buchan, Lecturer for Health and Social Care has been supporting Scott during his studies at College. She said: “It has been amazing to see how much money Scott raised for a charity close to his heart. This is a big thing for him as he has had recent struggles and has developed a lot since starting with us in September.” 

We can’t wait to see what Scott’s next fundraising activity is and wish him luck for his future endeavours.  

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