Erith Diathlete aims to raise diabetes awareness
PUBLISHED: 16:19 10 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:33 10 October 2013
November is diabetes awareness month and one Bexley youngster who suffers from the condition is stepping up his game to raise awareness.
Gavin Griffiths, 22, suffers from type 1 diabetes and calls himself the Diathlete, as he takes part in gruelling physical challenges to raise much-needed funds and to increase exposure.
The Erith resident was an Olympic torchbearer in Westgate-on-Sea in Kent and earlier this year he completed a run from John O’Groats to Land’s End, in organised 30 mile sections.
Gavin said: “I wanted to run Britain as that is something that most people would find impossible. Finishing it as a type 1 diabetic showed anything is possible if you never give up and that diabetes, which has many self-responsibilities, can never prevent you from fulfilling your dreams and ambitions in life.”
He completed his first ever ultra challenge five years ago and he has gone from strength-to-strength.
Type 1 diabetes is a condition most sufferers are born with or are genetically predisposed to it - as opposed to type 2, which is more to do with diet and lifestyle choices.
For information on donating to Gavin’s cause, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GBR3030.