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#TheBig1 was huge for young adults with diabetes

The big one event

“Life-changing”, “a massive confidence boost”, “brilliant”, “incredible”, “an inspiration” – these were just a few of the comments from delegates at the end of #TheBig1, the South West team’s meetup for 16-26 year olds living with diabetes.

It was a chance for young adults with Type 1 diabetes to chat about uni, travelling, relationships, pregnancy, mental health and more in a relaxed setting at Swindon Town Football Club on 16 June during Diabetes Week.

#TheBig1 was crammed with young people who were the living proof that you can achieve your dreams when you have diabetes. Among them were Made in Bristol TV presenter Jamie Lowe and racing driver Josh Malin. Welsh sprinter Melanie Stephenson talked about her own struggles with the condition and how she manages it while training.

Our Swindon local support group donated £3,330 towards the event, the first of its kind we have staged in the South West. Swindon-based charity Sabrina’s Mile gave £850.

Sabrina’s Mile was set up by Luisa Moccia, pictured top left, to raise money for diabetes causes in the Swindon area after her daughter Sabrina died of DKA in 2016. She was 33.

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