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Holidaying the Diabetes UK way

Loads of young people with diabetes aged between seven and 18 have been having the time of their life at our children’s support holidays this summer.

Over 250 children with diabetes and 119 committed volunteers took part in adventure-filled activities while learning more about how to manage their diabetes. 

This year’s holidays took place in Cumbria, Northamptonshire, North Yorkshire, the Scottish Highlands, Dorset, Hampshire and close to Loch Lomond National Park. Activities included dry slope skiing, kayaking, orienteering, archery and raft building. After a hard week’s learning and having fun, each holiday ended with a farewell disco. 

One parent, whose ten-year old son went on the Hampshire holiday, said: “We have seen a big change in Chris’s attitude towards his diabetes. He seems more able to get on with things without seeming to always resent it.”


Michelle Barker, Holiday Support Events Manager at Diabetes UK, added: “Developing a positive attitude and establishing self-confidence in the management of diabetes is a key objective of the holidays. Qualified staff who understand the needs of young people with diabetes ensure that everyone has a great time while staying safe.”

If you or a young person you know would like to find out more about next year’s holidays, please call 020 7424 1000 and ask for the Care Support Team. New holidaymakers and volunteers are always welcome.

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