Team Aoife go past the £20,000 mark

Team Aoife on the bike ride from London to Brighton
Team Aoife on the bike ride from London to Brighton

Fundraisers for Aoife’s Type 1 Diabetes Charity Fund have raised over £24,000 to help children and families living with the illness.

The fund was set up by Liz and Carl O’Reilly, of Lewsey Farm, their granddaughter, Aoife, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of three.

Team Aoife on the bike ride from London to Brighton

Team Aoife on the bike ride from London to Brighton

The couple wanted to raise money to help buy equipment for children in Luton who have the illness.

Liz said: “We wanted to support families and help the Luton and Dunstable hospital buy equipment like Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring machines.

“Over the last six weeks we have had the sky dive, the bike ride from London to Brighton and the golf day.

“The sky dive was the scariest thing I have ever done but also one of the best experiences of my life.

The team ready for the sky dive

The team ready for the sky dive

“The 54 mile bike ride went really well, it was a great day and we were all there cheering them on.

“We had 34 teams of four at the golf day, most of the players were local men and we had a few ladies take part as well.

“The total for the year so far is £24,500 and we are still waiting for money to come in, it is an outstanding amount, thank you to everyone that has donated.

“From those that have been doing the events to those that have donated, thank you all!”

One of the ladies landing at the sky dive

One of the ladies landing at the sky dive

The fundraising will continue to the end of the year with a few more events planned.

Liz added: “We will go to the hospital with the money raised and the diabetes team will decide what equipment they can buy.

“We will hold some of the money back because we want to set up a support group for families, there doesn’t appear to be one in the local area, it will be very useful for parents.”