Thirty children get together to help tackle type 1 diabetes by competing in a park run.

Pupils from Christchurch Church of England School and their family will run in the Bushy Park Run to raise funds and awareness for JDRF, the type 1 diabetes research charity, on December 8.

The children were spurred on to do the 5k run to support their friend, seven-year-old Oli Cleaves who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year.

To date, Oli has raised £2,925 to support type 1 diabetes research - smashing his initial £200 target.

Helen Cleaves Oli’s mum says “We were delighted to support JDRF who fund research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

“All the children were kitted out in their blue JDRF t-shirts on the day to raise awareness about this autoimmune condition.”

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the body's immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.