Ellon man’s endurance raises £3000 for diabetes research

Steven Reaper
Steven Reaper

An Ellon man suffering from Type 1 diabetes has been described as an “inspiration” by staff at the Aberdeen centre where he has been a patient since he was 14.

Steven Reaper, 37, handed over a £3000 cheque to the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology which he raised after completing one of the world’s most demanding obstacle courses - the Tough Mudder in Dalkeith.

Also at the presentation was five year old Ty McAlley, a friend of the Reaper family, who was diagnosed as a Type 1 sufferer when he was three and a half. The condition means taking insulin injections for life.

Mr Reaper said: “I was inspired to take on the Mudder by the dedication of the staff at the centre, and by the bravery of Ty.

“I also wanted to thank Professor Donald Pearson and his staff for their invaluable help over the years, while proving that diabetic sufferers like myself can lead normal lives. Participating in the obstacle race was all part of making a point.”

Mr Reaper, in training since January, won the admiration of Professor Pearson, consultant diabetologist, who said: “Steven has made a fantastic contribution to our services, balancing his food intake and insulin during his training for the Mudder.

“Our dietician and diabetes nursing team have worked with him in the build-up to the event. He is a remarkable young man.”

The centre treats 3000 people in the North-east diagnosed with the condition.

Mr Reaper said: “I only hope by competing in the Tough Mudder and by raising money that I have helped raise awareness in the community of an issue that is not always understood.

“I have learned a lot about myself in the build up to the challenge, but I have also been humbled by the generosity of people.”