Singer and acclaimed West End actress Melanie C has given her support to the Diabetes UK Children’s Charter campaign to get more care and support for children with diabetes.
Diabetes UK has found that some children can experience bullying and discrimination because of their diabetes and is gathering thousands of signatures on a petition calling for children to get more help to lead full and healthy lives.
The Diabetes UK Children’s Charter report was compiled after listening to the views of children, their parents and their doctors and nurses. It sets out ten policy statements of what should happen, including better care in schools, ending a postcode lottery for treatment and an end to discrimination.
Melanie C backs Children’s Charter
Melanie C told Diabetes UK: "I’ve heard stories from young people about how they’ve been teased, left out of things and even bullied, all because they have diabetes. It’s hard enough as it is being a teenager, then add to that the responsibilities of coping with diabetes, without having to be treated differently by school friends and adults as well. I’ve heard children describing the emotional turmoil this can cause, which could also impact on how well they manage their condition."
"My brother has Type 1 diabetes..."
Melanie C added: "My brother has Type 1 diabetes so I know how important it is to manage the condition properly. If not managed well, diabetes can lead to serious complications. I urge everyone to sign the Diabetes UK Children’s Charter petition calling for children and young people with diabetes to get better care and support."
The UK has one of the highest number of young people with diabetes in Europe, with around 25,000 under 25s diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It is estimated that a further 2,000 children are diagnosed every year.