Brave Rugby couple take on Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Diabetes UK

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A brave couple from Rugby are in training to take on Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Diabetes UK.

James Smith and Leah Drewitt will climb 19,000ft to the submit of Africa’s highest peak in January.

They know first hand how difficult living with diabetes is.

Leah said: “I am type one diabetic and when I got diagnosed five years ago I never dreamt something like this would ever be remotely possible.

“My life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed and it has changed so much since; but thanks to all the amazing support, research and technology, I am able to live a life where my condition is a small part of my life, rather than it ruling my life.”

She said it was her boyfriend’s idea to take part in the climb, being held on January 20.

“We are climbing the Lemosho Route,” added Leah.

“James came up with the idea to climb for Diabetes UK as he sees what somebody with type one diabetes goes through on a daily basis.

“Once I got the go ahead from my diabetes team – I naïvely decided to join him!”

The trek will take eight days.

Leah said: “We wanted to take this challenge on together to support each other, but 
also to experience this amazing opportunity with one another.

“We are both extremely excited to take on this challenge as we are so grateful for all the support, advice and research for diabetes and we would absolutely love to give something back.”

They have set a target 
of £4,406.00 to for Diabetes UK.

Leah said: “Although we are bias any donation will make such a difference to an amazing cause.

“We will appreciate it more than words can describe and it will certainly help with motivating us to get up that mountain.”

If you would like to sponsor the couple, visit