AN ELLON father and son who are cycling from London to Paris in aid of Diabetes UK are appealing for sponsorship.
Bobby and Blair McClymont will undertake the journey in an estimated three days, and are seeking to raise at least £3000 for their chosen charity.
Speaking to the Times, former head teacher Bobby said that the pair were undertaking the journey early next month in recognition of the support Blair had received from local health bodies after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a child. Now in his sixth year at Ellon Academy, Blair was one of ten pupils at the school to gain five A passes at Higher this year, and has plans to study medicine at university.
Bobby, who submits golf reports for Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club, told the Times that this was the second time he had tackled the journey and that diabetes was an issue which had not just touched his own family, but affected millions of people across the country.
“Blair has to take four insulin injections every day, and counting various blood tests, we’ve estimated that he has had 37,000 injections over the course of his life,” said Bobby. “It’s a condition which affects at least 2.8 million people across the UK, and impacts hugely on their quality of life.”
As of June, 2011, there were 3,045 people living with Type 1 diabetes in the Grampian region, and 20,227 with Type 2.