A CAR dealership manager will swap four wheels for two as he takes part in a charity bike ride in memory of his dad.
Peterlee-raised Clive Robinson, 41, will travel from the Stadium of Light to the King Power Stadium in Leicester in under 48 hours to raise funds for Diabetes UK.
He lived with the condition for seven years before he passed away but it’s very possible that he was living with it for longer than that but just didn’t realise he had itClive Robinson, whose dad Les died after developing Type 1 diabetes
Sunderland supporter and dad-of-two Clive, who has lost three stone as a result of training and healthy eating, was inspired to take on the challenge in memory of his father Les, who died aged just 58 from diabetes-related complications in 2010.
Clive grew up in Peterlee but moved to Leicester when he was 16 years old when his father got a new job. He said: “It was a big change in my father’s life and our family’s lives when we moved so that’s the significance of cycling from Sunderland to Leicester.
“My dad was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in his early 50s.
“He lived with the condition for seven years before he passed away but it’s very possible that he was living with it for longer than that but just didn’t realise he had it.
“That’s why I want to raise awareness about diabetes so that people can get themselves checked out and get the support they need as soon as possible.”
People with Type 1 diabetes produce no insulin, and so have to treat it with daily insulin doses – taken either by injections or via an insulin pump – and by following a healthy diet and taking regular physical activity.
Claire Coles, Diabetes UK fund-raiser, said: “This is a fantastic challenge that Clive is undertaking and I wish him lots of luck for the cycle ride.”
Clive’s cycle challenge is taking place on Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19.
To donate towards his appeal go to www.justgiving.com/Clive-Robinson2.