A High Wycombe man who suffers from Type 1 diabetes is currently embarking on an epic two-month solo bike ride from High Wycombe to Athens to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Having been diagnosed with the disease in 2018, Ben Laxton decided to take on the 3,000 miles journey through 12 countries to not only raise important funds for the charity but to prove that such impressive feats are still possible despite the additional difficulties diabetes can cause.

Type 1 diabetes means that sufferers glucose levels in the blood when the body cannot produce enough insulin. Ben has to carefully manage his glucose levels and takes daily injections of insulin.

Ben said: “Being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes was a massive shock to me and my family but despite the diagnosis, I have been determined not to let it impact on my active lifestyle.

“This journey is intended to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes and to raise money for Diabetes UK and its valuable work in supporting people with the condition and finding a cure.

“This journey would be ambitious for any cyclist and my condition will make it more of a challenge as I will have to manage my energy, morale and fuel as well as my blood sugar and ketones. I hope that my adventure will inspire other people to pursue their dreams despite the challenges they may face.”

To sponsor Ben on his journey, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/diabecian