Awen-Haf and Llion Harding, aged 9 and 7, from Pontypridd decided to double Diabetes UK’s One Million Step Challenge between July and September, raising £315 for Diabetes UK Cymru. The children’s father, Scott, has Type 1 diabetes and this is the third time the family has taken on the walking challenge.
Their mother, Marie Harding, said: “As a family, we usually take on similar challenges and take part in annual fundraising activities for a cause close to our hearts. The children have journeyed with their dad, as he moved from injections to pump to control his diabetes.
“This was an ideal challenge during lockdown. They wrote postcards to their friends and walked to deliver them. They also enjoy the outdoors in any weather and are used to it, so the rain didn’t bother them at all.”
The challenge took them to beaches, coastal paths, mountains, castles and other Welsh landscapes and they ended up doing an impressive 2 million steps in 90 days.
Dai Williams, National Director of Diabetes UK Cymru, said: “This year we’ve seen demand for our services reach record levels, while our own funding has been significantly impacted. More so than ever, people with diabetes in Wales need us, but we need your support to be able to continue fighting their corner. Thank you to Awen-Haf and Llion for their amazing effort and taking on the One Million Step Challenge, you’re both incredible.”