AN INSPIRATIONAL ten-year-old is warming up at the poolside ready to swim a mile for charity a year after he was diagnosed with type one diabetes.
Jake Mole’s life was turned upside down in when doctors told him he has diabetes after he became skinny and pale, his eyes began to develop dark circles, he started looking withdrawn and tired and he started to loose weight rapidly.
However, in a bid to take the positive from the situation and help others like him Jake, from Shirley, has decided to make a splash at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre to raise £1,000 for Diabetes UK and JDRF.
The swimming fanatic said he wanted to challenge himself and go the extra mile to help raise awareness and funds towards finding a cure for type one diabetes.
He added: “I have never have swam a mile before, I am feeling very nervous and excited at the same time.
“Completing my challenge means everything to me as I want to be an inspiration to other children and young adults with type one diabetes.
“I would like to show them type one diabetes won’t stop me from achieving my challenge or my goals in life.”
The Dickens Heath Primary School pupil admitted he doesn’t like having the illness but said he has learnt a lot over the past year in how to manage his condition and lives as normally as possible.
For more or to donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JakeMole
Jake has been training hard ahead of his mile-long swim. (s)