Bartlett, a registered mental health nurse, began her walk in Brindisi, Italy on 1 April and plans to finish in Scotland, with the solo journey expected to take approximately six months.

The 26-year-old wicketkeeper has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 18 years and her goal is to raise in excess of $100,000 to donate to diabetes research.

In 2013, Bartlett completed a solo walk from Adelaide to Melbourne, raising an incredible $25,000 for JDRF.

“Type 1 affects 120,000 Australians, and at this stage there is no cure,” Bartlett said.

“(It) has long-term complications including blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, heart disease, and a decreased life expectancy of over 10 years.

“I have always been determined to not let this diagnosis deny me from living my best life, or define me as a person, so giving in to this disease has never been an option for me.”

An avid cricket fan, Bartlett’s plan is to stop in at three men’s Ashes Test matches and one women’s Ashes T20 match while journeying through the UK.

Family members are planning to meet her at points along the way to replenish her insulin stocks, as Bartlett plans to carry just a 10kg backpack on her walk.

Bartlett was first inspired by Shane Crawford’s Adelaide to Melbourne walk in 2010 where the former AFL footballer raised over $400,000 for the Breast Cancer Association of Australia.

But it is her own stubborn pride that has continued to push her the most, with Bartlett determined to do what some say she can’t.

“The more people that tell me I’m crazy or I can’t do it, the more motivated I become,” she said.

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