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Alexandra Burke gives young diabetes campaigners a voice

Chart-topping singer Alexandra Burke is calling on young people affected by diabetes to join Diabetes UK’s new campaigners network for under-18s.

The X-Factor winner, whose mother has Type 2 diabetes and had kidney failure last year, is launching My Voice to encourage and support children and young people to get their views heard by politicians and decision makers.

About My Voice

My Voice campaigners will join together to make a difference on issues and challenges faced by young people with diabetes. This will involve both national and local campaigning to ensure that they are heard by decision makers at all levels across the UK.

Activities could include sending letters to local politicians, helping your school to understand more about diabetes, or attending a high-profile event at your Parliament or Assembly.

Alexandra supports "power to make a difference"

Alexandra, 21, originally from Islington in London, said: “I fully support Diabetes UK’s My Voice campaigners network because I really believe that young people have the power to make a difference. The fantastic thing about My Voice is that young people will not only help campaign for real improvements but will have the chance to develop and learn skills, meet new people and have fun doing it too.”

Alexandra’s mum, Soul II Soul singer Melissa Bell, has Type 2 diabetes. While Alexandra was singing in the final stages of X-Factor last year her mum was being treated for kidney failure, just one of the serious complications of diabetes.

What My Voice campaigners receive

My Voice campaigners receive a letter from Alexandra and a free bag containing a badge, stickers and information about campaigning. They will also receive regular updates, opportunities and ideas on how to get involved.

Become a My Voice campaigner today

Raj Johal, Local Campaigns Officer at Diabetes UK, said: “There are currently more than 20,000 children and young people with diabetes in the UK. This is a fantastic opportunity for them and their friends and family to make a real difference, working with us to get the care and respect they are entitled to and deserve.

"We are encouraging all young people to join My Voice – so, whether you have diabetes yourself or have a friend, brother or sister with the condition, become a My Voice campaigner today.”

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