Derrick Evans, better known as 90s icon Mr Motivator, visited St Mary & All Saints Church of England School, to raise money for diabetes charity JDRF.

The event was organised by Katie Bailey, whose two children attend the school in Beaconsfield.

Katie's two young children have both recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a condition which needs constant monitoring.

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Katie used to work with Mr Motivator in PR, and similarly his daughter also has the condition.

She reached out to the star who was more than happy to give his time and go to the school, where children and teachers donated a small amount to dress up in funky clothing and exercise in a session led by Mr Motivator.

Mr Motivator, now aged 67, led an energetic session where all the children and even the teachers got involved.

Watch a video of the event below.

On the importance of exercise, Mr Motivator said: "I want to engage people about why we exercise, not just physically but mentally, financially and stuff like that.

"An athlete will tell you he’s most successful if the mind is fit and healthy.

"It’s great talking to people about exercise but its making them realise you don’t have to go to the gym and go on a bike; you can find something you like to do.

"As long as it elevates your heartrate that’s good for you and you want to do it as often as you can.

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"Try and do things which are far more social with other people involved as well, because every decade as we get older we lose friends and our circle of friends gets smaller and smaller so it’s really important that you do things that re-establish more friendships."

Mr Motivator's daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 19. He said: "People don’t fully realise the different types of diabetes.

"With my daughter for example her pancreas juts packed up and she has to inject herself many times a day.

"We want to create more awareness for people so that when you mention diabetes you don’t presume straight away that is all about exercise because to be honest exercise for someone who's type 1 can be quite fatal.

"When Kate said to me will you do this for me I said yes because I know the problem she's had with two young children with type 1.

"My daughter was aged 19 when she got diagnosed and she had lots of mental and personal, body image things to deal with after that because when you don’t use up all your insulin you put in your body you store it as fat and she got larger.

"It really affected her whole body image so she's had to learn to love herself again, and that’s where she is now she loves herself."

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Type 1 diabetes is an unpreventable autoimmune condition, where your immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

You should see your GP if you experience the following symptoms: 

  • feeling very thirsty
  • peeing more than usual, particularly at night
  • feeling very tired
  • losing weight without trying
  • thrush that keeps coming back
  • blurred vision
  • cuts and grazes that aren't healing

The event raised £1,200 for diabetes charity JDRF, a charity dedicated to researching the condition, raising awareness, and helping those affected by the condition.

Butlers Court School and Claire Andrews School also had visits from Mr Motivator. 

Katie will be running the London marathon in aid of JDRF, and including the money from last week's Mr Motivator event has now raised £3,500.

To donate to Katie's fundraising page click here.