Six years ago, Kathrine’s husband John Wallis was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 50. This type of diabetes is usually influenced by lifestyle, particularly in later life as increased weight can result in lower levels of insulin production by the pancreas.
It was not until their 10 year-old son Jonty was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year ago that specialists thought perhaps he had a late onset of the auto-immune form of the condition, which proved to be the case.
Kathrine who spotted the symptoms a year ago and took him to the family GP after checking his blood sugars. It came as a big surprise when her husband’s diagnosis was changed to type 1 diabetes.
Kathrine said: “I had been looking after John’s diabetes through diet, however this change in diagnosis was quite a shock.
“John and Jonty really support each other in their diabetes journey, especially as they both use the latest continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology to help their control.”
Kathrine has earned something of a “daredevil” identity after embracing more white-knuckle sponsorship activities, including a skydive and a recent 85m (278 feet) abseil down the Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower, the latter in support of DRWF.
Kathrine said: “I was just pleased to be able use these challenges to help DRWF fund more research into type 1 and type 2 diabetes and tools to help people to stay as well as possible when living with all forms of diabetes.”
DRWF Community Fundraiser Karen Scott said: “We were delighted with Kathrine’s fundraising efforts for the charity. Every penny raised really does count as we don’t receive any government funding.”