Practice News Our youngest son Ben (now almost 11yrs old) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 18mths old. At diagnosis he was very seriously ill - we were immediately thrown into a whole new world of constant blood checks, injections, insulin pumps/cannula, glucose sensors, counting every single thing he eats ... the list is endless, and exhausting! It’s difficult to explain the effect a diagnosis like this has on the whole family and more than anything on Ben. Once I’d found my feet I focused on fundraising for JDRF - the only charity dedicated solely to improving treatment and ultimately finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. Having previously undertaken half marathons, Kilimanjaro and the compass challenge (cycling and climbing our way around Scotland!) , this year as it is Ben’s tenth anniversary of diagnosis I am undertaking ten challenges between now and October • Everest base camp (7th March) • Forth bridge abseil • Tough Mudder • Edinburgh half marathon • Parachute jump • Ten Munro’s in a weekend • London to Paris cycle • JDRF one walk - fun walk for everyone • Berlin Marathon • Ben’s secret challenge - I find out on the day what Ben has come up with! Any help from any IVC colleagues is hugely appreciated!
Practice News The team at Purton Vets are taking on the elements and have entered Tough Mudder. They are raising money for research into Alabama Rot (CRGV). This disease affects dogs and causes damage to blood vessels in the skin and kidneys. The affected animal can develop skin ulcerations and it can lead to kidney failure. The cause of Alabama Rot is still unknown. The team consists of Sam Legg, Kate Wilkins, Lucy Entwistle, Debbie Leonard, Chloe Oakford and Kirsty Lewis. They would really appreciate your support.