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Loose dad Lee Wenham runs 10k for 365 days to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research

A dad's year-long mission to improve awareness of a life-changing condition and raise money has crossed the finish line following 365 days of running.

Lee Wenham, 35, wanted to spread the word about the dangers of type one diabetes and how it can affect his 12-year-old son's daily routine.

The British Gas engineer, who lives in Loose, decided the best way to encourage others to understand the condition would be to put on his running shoes and take on a 10k race each day for a whole year.

Runner Lee Wenham with son Cellan who suffers with diabetes type 1. Lee has run 10KM for 365 days. Picture: Matthew Walker. (6333065)
Runner Lee Wenham with son Cellan who suffers with diabetes type 1. Lee has run 10KM for 365 days. Picture: Matthew Walker. (6333065)

He set off on January 8 last year just months after knee surgery and has raised more than £3,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

He said: "I feel sore now and it has been a struggle. It has been difficult trying to juggle day-today life but everyone has been so good about the running.

"We were having an extension built and we didn't have a kitchen for eight weeks.

Lee Wenham who is ruuning 10km for 365 days for his son Cellan who has diabetes type 1Picture: Gary Browne FM5047305 (6325876)
Lee Wenham who is ruuning 10km for 365 days for his son Cellan who has diabetes type 1Picture: Gary Browne FM5047305 (6325876)

"I was out running on Christmas morning and New Year's Day wasn't fun."

Loose Primary School pupil Callen was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago and has to be checked every two hours.

Any food eaten has to be weighed and carbohydrates counted leaving the Wenham family with very little sleep each night.

Mr Wenham is one half of the Determined Daddies and, along with Scott Mitchell, had helped raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through a number of challenged including an iron man and row along the River Thames.

His next big challenge comes in the form of the London Marathon.

The father-of-two added: "I have been trying to enter it for the last five years and guess who gets to run it this year?

"My son has to just get on with his life with diabetes so I had to just get on with the running.

"Not many people thought I could do it and and I just wanted to prove that I can."

If you would like to donate please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Leewenham

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