Children’s diabetics support group fundraising for trip


The North Lincolnshire Children’s Diabetic Support Group is looking to raise funds to take a group of 25 kids on a trip.

The charity is run by volunteers who are parents of children with type 1 diabetes.

Secretary Yvonne McVicar said: “As a group, we fundraise throughout the year to be able to put on a variety of events for our local children to attend.

“These events are always enjoyed by the children and their families, and for most, it’s the first time that they are able to meet other families in the same situation and be able to support each other with the daily challenges that type 1 diabetes in children entails, such as blood glucose testing, insulin injections, cannula pump changes, ketone testing treating hypos and hypers.

“At present, there is no cure for type 1 diabetes so raising awareness to people is vital so that children are diagnosed before they go into a diabetic coma. The four main changes in a child before diagnosis are the four T’s which are: Toilet, Tiredness, Thirsty and Thinner.

An information poster

“We have a great support team in the specialist diabetic nurses at Scunthorpe. We would like to appeal to local businesses for any amount of donation to our group to be able to send a group of 25 children to attend a PGL trip with the diabetic nurses and their specialist team in September.

“This trip for most of the children that attend is the first time that they have been away from home without their parents or carers. The trip is held over a weekend and when parents pick up their children they have gained more confidence in learning how to be more independent with their diabetes.”

In December, Madl-Make a Difference Locally (The Nisa Charity Group) made a donation of £300 to the group at Air Kings in Scunthorpe.

The group has also had a donation of £1,000 from Phillips 66 in Immingham.



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