A SWADLINCOTE woman is running the Bupa Great Birmingham Run for Diabetes UK in support of her 13-year-old son who has diabetes.
Kelly Beardmore, 41, wanted to support Diabetes UK as her son Tom has Type 1 diabetes and her husband Garry has Type 2 diabetes.
The family have found the charity a great source of information and support in helping them manage the impact of the condition on their family life.
She said: “When a family member is diagnosed with diabetes it does not just impact on that person, but the whole family.
“Tom is like any normal teenager and it can be hard for him to manage his condition well when he wants to live life like his friends and not worry about his glucose levels and diet seven days a week.
“His two brothers are very understanding, but it’s hard for them as well as there are times when Tom has to take priority.
“In some ways having a dad with Type 2 diabetes makes it easier, as he has someone who really understands what it’s like.
“I love running and hope to raise more than £200 for Diabetes UK so they can continue their great work supporting families like ours who are living with diabetes every day.”
Tom was diagnosed when he was four-yeas-old.
He had all of the symptoms common with Type 1 diabetes, including being very thirsty, loosing weight, going to the toilet a lot and feeling tired.
He became very ill before his diagnosis and Mrs Beardmore hopes greater awareness will prevent other children becoming so sick before discovering they have Type 1 diabetes.
To sponsor Kelly please visit www.justgiving.com/Kelly-Beardmore1
The run takes place on October 20.