Dad’s run­ning helped by son on train­ing out­ings

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ducking And Diving -

A Brabourne Lees dad will be run­ning to raise money for JDRF, a char­ity sup­port­ing peo­ple with type 1 di­a­betes.

Ash­ley Bell­wood’s son Maceo, nine, was di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion when he was just six.

Mr Bell­wood said: “I knew very lit­tle about the con­di­tion be­fore Maceo was di­ag­nosed.

“It’s a full-time job con­trol­ling his blood sug­ars and mak­ing sure he doesn’t go into a hy­per or a coma.

“My wife Kay is a real star with all she does for Maceo.”

Mr Bell­wood said he was in­spired to run his first marathon two years ago shortly af­ter Maceo was di­ag­nosed.

Now he is look­ing to com­plete his sec­ond marathon for the in­ter­na­tional char­ity and has been out train­ing for an im­proved time.

He added: “Maceo has been com­ing out on some of my train­ing runs with me, or meet­ing me for the last leg of them.

“We have to give him glu­cose, are con­stantly check­ing his blood su­gar lev­els and we have to sit down and rest if he gets low.

“As a par­ent it breaks your heart be­cause he should not have to think about his blood su­gar con­stantly.

“But de­spite ev­ery­thing, he doesn’t let it stop him from do­ing any­thing.

“He is my in­spi­ra­tion and I want to make him proud.”

To sup­port Mr Bell­wood, visit uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/ Ash­leyBell­wood.

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