Six-year-old twins from Castle Bytham to cycle six miles for charity

Ben and Gracie Stevenson will be cycling in the Diabetes UK Big Bike Ride at Rutland Water.
Ben and Gracie Stevenson will be cycling in the Diabetes UK Big Bike Ride at Rutland Water.
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Proving that you’re never too young to start fundraising, a pair of six-year-old twins have signed up to take part in a six-mile bike ride at Rutland Water in aid of Diabetes UK.

Ben and Gracie Stevenson from Castle Bytham will be cycling in the charity’s Big Bike Ride on June 29, alongside their mum Julia Miner.

Ben was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was two, and as Julia explains: “Luckily Ben’s symptoms of extreme tiredness, being very thirsty and going to the toilet a lot were picked up and he was diagnosed quickly, before he could have become very ill.

“He is a normal and active six-year-old, who enjoys riding his bike with his sister. I thought it would be a great way to combine a family day out and raise some money for Diabetes UK.”

The charity has lobbied for a change in the law so that, from September, schools are legally required to provide high quality support to children with medical conditions.

Julia added: “We’ve been very fortunate at Ben’s school, Bythams Primary in Little Bytham. They have been extremely helpful in making sure his diabetes is very well managed while he is at school and making sure that he can take part in all the school activities. But I know that isn’t the case for all children.”

Diabetes UK’s East Midlands Fundraiser, Claire Coles, said: “A big thank you to Ben and Gracie for taking part.

“Their fundraising helps us to campaign so that children in the future do not face discrimination and avoidable ill health at school.”

The Diabetes UK Big Bike Ride has various routes for fundraisers to cycle, ranging from 6, 17 and 23 miles and all overlooking Rutland Water.

For more information and to register for the bike ride call 01922 614500 or email