Members of the Richmond and Twickenham Diabetes UK Voluntary Group have raised £1000 to enable some children with diabetes to go on support holidays.
Diabetes UK children’s support holidays include weekends, breaks and week-long holidays for children with diabetes. They are a chance for children to have an adventurous break away from home where they will meet other children of a similar age with diabetes. Children take part in new and exciting activities and develop self confidence, independence and new skills. They're able to learn more about their diabetes and how to manage it from volunteer doctors, nurses and dieticians.
Diabetes UK Children's Charter campaign
Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, Barbara Young, said "I was delighted to receive a cheque for £1000 from the Richmond and Twickenham Voluntary Group towards Diabetes UK children’s support holidays. Some children may feel different or isolated because of their diabetes, and they can get picked on at school or excluded from some activities. The Diabetes UK Children’s Charter is campaigning for an end to such discrimination of children with diabetes.
Without donations some children could not go
She continued: "For some children these support holidays are the first time they realise they are not the only child with diabetes. They learn more about how to manage and live with their condition and often return home with a new sense of confidence and independence. This £1000 will pay for at least two children to attend a holiday when their family cannot afford it and without this donation the children may not have been able to go."
For more information about Diabetes UK children’s support holidays please visit ourCare events pages.
Visit ourDiabetes UK Voluntary Group pageif you'd like to get involved with a local support group.