A trio of Diabetes Specialist Nurses from Oxfordshire has raised over £1,400 for Diabetes UK after competing in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 46 bike ride.

Diabetes Specialist Nurses Penny Latimer, Jane Maskell and Perdy van den Berg (pictured, left to right) completed the 46-mile ride in 3 hours 40 minutes on Sunday 30th July.

The three friends are all nurses with the Oxfordshire Community Diabetes Service, a local health service provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which sees over 1,000 patients a year. The service supports GP practices and other community health care teams to help them care for adults with predominantly Type 2 diabetes. It also runs structured education courses for patients with Type 2 diabetes.

Penny Latimer, Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse, said: “Despite a very wet night on Saturday we were lucky to have a dry day for cycling on the Sunday. We all managed the ride very well and decided to make sure we all rode together so we all crossed the finishing line at the same time!”

Perdy van den Berg, the Clinical Lead for the Oxfordshire Community Diabetes Service, said: “We are very proud to have received our medals and raised money for Diabetes UK to help their important research work. The experience has been so rewarding that we’re now considering entering the 100 mile challenge next year! We’ll definitely need to plan ahead and do some serious training to get up the famous Box and Leith Hills! It would be great to see more local Diabetes Specialist Nurses join us and have a go next year to raise money for charity.”

Jane Maskell, Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse, said: “It was an amazing experience to take part in such a large cycle ride around the traffic free roads of London and to see the iconic buildings that we are all so familiar with. Cycling with over 25,000 other people was a brilliant experience and we are thrilled to have raised so much for Diabetes UK.”

Jill Steaton, Regional head for Diabetes UK in the South East, said: “A big thank you to the team for their brilliant efforts. Cycling together as a team really helps get you across that finishing line when your body is flagging on those final stages!”

Diabetes is a huge and growing problem. In the UK, there are more than 4.5 million people who have diabetes. Diabetes UK supports people living with diabetes − from offering information about managing the condition to funding the highest quality research into potential new treatments.

Donations can be made on  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oxfordhealthcommunitydiabetes