Barry woman completes Three Peaks challenge in 24 hours
12:02pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A BARRY woman whose teenage son was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago has completed the Three Peaks challenge in 24 hours in aid of charity.
Tracey Stafford climbed Snowdon, Scaffel Pike and Ben Nevis, the three highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland, in aid of Diabetes UK last weekend.
Tracey, 34, said he chose Diabetes UK as she wanted to raise money for research and held find a cure for the condition.
“My son was diagnosed two years ago with type one diabetes and it makes you realise how much this condition affects the life of the person with it and also the family of that person as well,” she said.
“As a parent of a teenager with diabetes you realise how important the hospital nurses and doctors are as they are always on hand for any queries no matter how small it may be.
“I decided to do this challenge as it would be something that would push me to the edge of my ability, and it did.”
She described the challenge as “extremely difficult” and said that one of the hardest parts was climbing Scaffel Pike “as it was in the middle of the night and there was very low visibility because of the weather”.
“Once I finished I was really overwhelmed that I had completed it as so many people had helped raise money for me,” she said.
She completed the climb with eight other charity volunteers last Saturday.
Her son Joshua, who attends St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, was diagnosed with type one diabetes two years ago, just before his 13th birthday, and now uses an insulin pump.
“He has missed out on a fair bit of school, but he did some GCSE’s a year early and he’s coping with it really well," she said.
“I’m so proud of him and they way that he has coped with it all.”
Tracey, of Brookfield Avenue, has raised nearly £2,000 for Diabetes UK and said that she would like to thank everyone that sponsored her and helped her raise the money.
“I would like to thank the skittles teams ‘View the Dragon’, ‘The Alternatives’ and ‘Oddbods’ for raising £800 during their skittles tour, the Ty Newydd Inn, Barry Dock Liberal Club and the Merrie Harrier in Penarth for holding collection boxes, and Sully Sports RFC for donating money from their fundraiser,” she said.
“I would also like to thank my family and friends for helping me collect the money, as well as supporting me through my training.
“I feel overwhelmed by the support of the community as I have managed to raised approximately £2000, which is more than I ever dreamed I could have raised."
You can still sponsor Tracey at: www.justgiving.com/Tracey-Stafford