Charlie Churchill from Pinner has been living with diabetes for over thirty years, and when his job came to an end just over three years ago, he felt like it was time to give something back to Diabetes UK.
He first started the challenge back in 2018 and successfully raised more than £1,000 but has since had health problems including having to have a surgery at Harefield Hospital last year when he found out he had chronic heart disease.
Charlie is now back to full fitness and feeling even better than he did before and is giving the One Million Steps challenge another go this year to raise even more for Diabetes UK.
As a former Barclays employee, Charlie can take advantage of a matching scheme that they do with former employees, meaning they double the amount that has been raised.
The challenge is taking place between July and September, and Charlie, who is also an ambassador for Diabetes UK, has raised more than £300 already.
Speaking to PinnerNews, he said: “I really enjoy taking on the challenge, not only does it help Diabetes UK, but it is incredibly beneficial on a personal level for my health and fitness. Keeping fit is extremely important, and people have got behind me in a way I could never have imagined.
“As an Ambassador for the challenge, I get to see the stories of those taking part – they aren’t necessarily athletes or even the athletic type.
“Invariably they are those who want to do something that will improve their health, lower their weight and be part of an active community united in doing the same challenge as a team.”
To donate to Charlie’s cause, head to step.diabetes.org.uk/pages/charlie