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I want the Make the Grade video to lead to better support for children with diabetes

Last year Lewis Sherwood’s parents successfully took his school to tribunal after he was told he couldn’t go on a school trip because of his Type 1 diabetes. Now, the nine-year-old and his family have appeared in our new Make the grade campaign video to let parents of children with Type 1 diabetes know the support they should expect at school. Here, Lewis explains why he hopes the video will lead to better treatment of children with Type 1 diabetes in school:

 

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I’ve had diabetes since I was four but I don’t let it bother me. I love mucking about in the garden and going on adventures with my friends.

 

I’ve been camping, canoeing and swimming with the scouts and last year I went abseiling, which was really cool.

 

I’m a big fan of the British adventurer Bear Grylls and when I grow up I want to explore the whole wide world and become a famous adventurer just like him.

My mum and dad always tell me that I can do anything I want as long as I work hard and put my mind to it.

 

So when I was told last year that I wouldn’t be able to join my school friends on a school trip I was very upset. The school said I couldn’t go because of my diabetes. I didn’t understand as my diabetes has never stopped me from doing anything before.

 

This made me feel very sad. I had always found it really hard being at that school. My teachers didn’t seem to know much about diabetes and I would get nervous asking for help with my diabetes when I needed it. When my mum would drop me off in the mornings I would hide or cry as I really didn’t want to go to school.This is why I was really happy when my mum told me that I would be changing school. My new school is great and they help me look after my diabetes really well. I’m allowed to go on schools trips just like the other kids and in September I will be going on a week-long trip camping trip with the school to Shropshire! Though it is a shame that I had to change school to get the support I need.I really enjoyed being able to talk about my diabetes and being at school for the Diabetes UK Make the Grade campaign video. When my mum told me that I was going to be in a film I was really excited. I thought it about it for weeks and weeks and would practice what I planned to say.When the day came I was actually quite nervous but it was nice to talk about some of the problems I had faced with other children and families. I really hope that teachers and kids watch the video so that they can understand what it’s like for kids like me with diabetes.

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