A father and daughter from Carnlough will put on a show to raise funds for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland at the McNeill Theatre, Larne on 27th June.
In 2017, Maeve McSparron, 24, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes − a serious, lifelong condition where blood glucose levels in the body are too high because the pancreas can't make a hormone called insulin.
Last year Maeve arranged her first fundraising event in her local gym with friends and family, raising £1,300 for the charity.
Following the success of that event Maeve’s father Michael, of local business Michael McSparron Funeral Directors, has now arranged a Country Music Night with performances from many local talents, including Daniel O’Double, Joe McNamee and Eugene O’Dornan.
Mr McSparron said, "When Maeve was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it came as a real shock. But right from the start, Maeve took diabetes by the scruff of the neck and found out as much as she could to manage the condition and keep it under control. She has worked so hard to keep going and as a family, we wanted to support her and have a great night out to help raise awareness."
No one knows exactly what causes Type 1 diabetes, but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable. It’s the most common type of diabetes in children and young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly. Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses – taken either by injections or via an insulin pump. It is also recommended to follow a healthy diet and take regular physical activity.
Diabetes UK Northern Ireland Regional Fundraiser, Naomi Breen, said, "We are really grateful to Maeve and Michael for supporting our work to fund ground-breaking research and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes.
"We hope you can come along for a great night out at this country music concert."
The Country Music Night takes place on Thursday 27 June at the McNeill Theatre at Larne Leisure Centre. Tickets are £10 and available from the Key Shop and Hodge’s Butchers in Larne or reserve tickets by calling 028 2827 5255. Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm.