Morley mum takes on Three Peaks challenge for Diabetes UK

Cat Edwards and daughter Isla (d610a414)
Cat Edwards and daughter Isla (d610a414)

A Morley mum is taking on the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for a charity that helps her two-year-old daughter.

Cat Edwards, 31, is teaming up with husband Barrie and 12 friends to climb Pen Y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, on May 31 and hopes to raise £3,200 for Diabetes UK, the charity which cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of people with diabetes.

Cat, of Dulin Close, found out that daughter Isla had Type 1 diabetes just before Christmas while taking her baby son for his six week check-up.

She said: “Isla was going to the toilet a lot and was always thirsty. When I mentioned it to the doctor he said these could be symptoms of diabetes.”

Isla spent Christmas Eve in hospital and Cat had to stay home with baby Zach. However because Isla’s condition was spotted early, doctors were able to ensure se got the treatment she needed.

She was immediately put on insulin injections and is now doing well.

Cat, who is a teacher at Mirfield Free Grammar and Sixth Form, said: “I didn’t know the symptoms so it was lucky I talked with the GP.

“Isla is doing brilliantly now and just accepts her diabetes.”

As well as Cat’s husband Barrie, fellow teachers from Mirfield Grammar, friends and family are also taking the challenge.

Cat said: “The work Diabetes UK does to support those living with diabetes and their families is invaluable, especially in the early days of diagnosis.

“Everyone has been amazing, especially Barrie who spent a lot of time in hospital with Isla. It was her godmother Katie Dyson’s idea to do the Three Peaks and the whole thing just snowballed. It’s been a real team effort.”

Louise Simonian, regional fundraiser for Diabetes UK, said: “Taking on the Three Peaks is a tough challenge and we wish all the team well. It’s a fantastic fundraising effort by Cat and her friends and the money raised with help Diabetes UK continue to tackle the challenge of diabetes on many fronts, by providing information, advice and support, campaigning for improved health care services and funding pioneering research into care, cure and prevention of all types of diabetes.