A teacher diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes is taking on a 25-mile walking challenge around Windsor to raise money for charity.

Emily Kimber, a primary school teacher at Ascot Heath Church of England Junior School, Rhododendron Walk, Winkfield Row, is teaming up with friend Alice Pegrum to do their Windsor walk on Saturday, March 31.

Ms Kimber is raising money for Diabetes UK. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2012 when she was 21.

She said: “My diagnosis was a shock to us all. It’s not something you expect in your early twenties – it totally changes your life. I’m managing my condition but I wanted to do something positive to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes and how serious a condition it can be if not managed properly. I’m hoping, with the support of friends and family, that we can raise money to help fund research into treatments for people living with diabetes.”

People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin. It is the most common type of diabetes in children and young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly. Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses – taken either by injections or via an insulin pump.

Ms Kimber, who lives in Bourne End, said: “We thought Easter was the perfect time to do the walk before the city’s Royal Wedding preps start in earnest. We’re hoping for nice weather on the day.”

The two women have already raised over £500 and hope to raise much more. Alice, a venue business administrator from Bucks, is raising money for Great Ormond Street Charity.

Charlotte Harrison-Webb, Diabetes UK’s regional fundraiser in Buckinghamshire, said: “Well done to both Emily and Alice. The walk is a really great idea. Their amazing fundraising efforts will raise funds for Diabetes UK’s research into pioneering treatments which help save lives.”

You can sponsor their walk at https://www.justgiving.com/Emily-Kimber7