Young fundraiser to fight diabetes with charity ride

George and Isla Tookey
George and Isla Tookey

A nine-year-old boy is getting on his bike to help fight diabetes.

George Tookey will cycle from his home in Blunham to Bedford and back again to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

He wants to help the charity because his six-year-old sister, Isla, has Type 1 diabetes.

The John Donne Lower School pupil has raised nearly £500 so far and he hopes to raise even more from the bike ride tomorrow (Saturday, March 30).

His father David Tookey said: “He wanted to do something and he came up with this idea. He cycles a reasonable amount anyway; he loves his bike.

“We did about half the distance the weekend before last. We think it’ll take us about three hours.”

George, of High Street, and David will cycle along the cycle path as far as the town bridge in Bedford, take a short break to eat their sandwiches and then retrace their steps.

David said: “Isla was diagnosed when she was three. She started going very skinny and she was drinking lots.

“She doesn’t create insulin and you need insulin to process the sugars that are in your body.

“She wears an insulin pump which slowly releases insulin into your body. She used to have insulin injections but this is a new piece of technology. We have to do regular blood tests by pricking her finger and using a blood monitor.”

The charity aims to improve the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes. It also funds researching into find a way to treat, cure and prevent the illness.

To sponsor George visit and search for David Tookey.

For more about the charity visit