London Bridges charity challenge for Pendle family

Sarah Christie with husband Chris and sons Jack and Joe. (S)
Sarah Christie with husband Chris and sons Jack and Joe. (S)

A Pendle woman is traversing the River Thames next weekend to raise awareness of a life-changing form of diabetes.

Sarah Christie from Roughlee is taking on the London Bridges Challenge on Sunday, October 11th to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.

Mum of two Sarah (43), who runs the blog “Extraordinary Chaos”, is taking on the challenge with husband Chris and sons Jack and Joe.

Eldest son Jack (14) was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes four years ago and life with Type 1 plays a big part in her blog.

Sarah said: “With a great deal of work Jack now has his diabetes under control, it’s been good to share our experiences through the blog, as we’ve come to learn that many other people with the condition have gone through the same things.”

Type 1 diabetes develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body have been destroyed and the body is unable to produce any insulin.

It is treated with daily insulin doses and is the most common form of diabetes diagnosed in children.

Sarah, who teaches hairdressing at Nelson and Colne College added: “When Jack was diagnosed we were lucky enough to have a really great diabetes specialist team available and his school at the time were supportive right from the beginning, so by raising funds for Diabetes UK we hope we can support other people who may not be finding it easy to live with the condition.”

The family will start the 10 mile challenge at Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea football club.

From there, they will cross 13 of London’s most iconic bridges, including London Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and finally Tower Bridge.

She added: “The London Bridges challenge is a great way to get some exercise and we really encourage Jack and Joe to get involved with sports, so this is a great excuse to do that and support the charity too.”