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alex collins

Alex Collins's fundraising page

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Target £0.00

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Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on 1 August 2013. Type 1 is an autoimmune condition where the body destroys the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. So ever since 1 August, I have been dependent on several injections of insulin a day, and will be for the rest of my life. [/p][p]I am lucky: I'm an adult, am disciplined, and am able to make the many small daily decisions to minimise the risk of long term health complications. Half of those diagnosed are children, and life is very difficult and stressful for them and their parents. [/p][p]JDRF are a huge support to type 1 diabetics. For instance, on day one I was given an information pack made by JDRF which told me all the basics I needed to know to manage the condition. As well as support "type ones", JDRF sponsor clinical research into prevention, management and ultimately the cure of type 1 diabetes. JDRF funded research has already made a huge difference to the lives of millions of people with the condition.  I'm taking part in one of these trials at the moment.[/p][p]One of the risks of injecting insulin is getting low blood sugar. This can result in loss of physical or mental function, collapse or even death. Exercise makes the body more sensitive to insulin and makes the risk of experiencing low blood sugar (a hypo) higher. As someone who has always enjoyed exercise my first question to my consultant was "can I still climb mountains or run a marathon?" The answer was "yes" but that it would be much more complicated and that I may not be able to do everything I could before. [/p][p]My reaction was to contact the JDRF that week and ask if I could run for them in the marathon. As well as raise money for JDRF, my aim is to raise awareness that type 1 diabetics can do things that even healthy people would find challenging. Four months after my diagnosis, I will run an ultra marathon in the Brecon Beacons - 42 miles and 8000 feet of ascent. In December. My aim for the London marathon is to get the Guinness world record for the fastest marathon in an animal costume. The costume is a tiger (type) onesie. I need to beat 2:51 whch is a big big challenge.[/p][p](For more information on what type 1 is, how it affects exercise, and how I've dealt with it in the past few months see [url=http://www.masteringdiabetes.wordpress.com]www.masteringdiabetes.wordpress.com[/url])[/p][p]* First event was coastal trail marathon in the Gower on 16 November. 27 miles. 3500 feet vertical height difference. I came third in 4hr 7mins.[/p][p]* second event was ultra. Amazed myself by [url=http://masteringdiabetes.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/i-did-it/]coming fourth[/url]! To do so well in a field of 250 experienced ultra runners with such a short time to train is one of the proudest experiences of my life. [/p]

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Jun 1, 2014



£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 13, 2014


Amazing effort by team Collins, sorry for the delay!

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May 4, 2014

Emily and Pete

Sorry about the delay in donating Alex - such an incredibly, amazing effort, both smashing a record and raising oodles of money for such a great cause! Incredibly proud to have you as a friend xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2014

Mary W

Fortunately for you, your running is faster than my donating! Congratulations!

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Apr 26, 2014


An amazing effort.

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Apr 23, 2014

David Grima

Inspirational stuff - well done!

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Apr 23, 2014

Mr Cadbury


£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Apr 20, 2014

Jo and finch

So proud of you both... Last Sunday was a really great day... What an achievement. Lots of live j and f xxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 19, 2014

Trudi Sealey

Well done!!

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Apr 16, 2014


Given how much you once raised for having a haircut, this feels like the minimum..