A slimming group in Cardiff has raised £350 for Diabetes UK Cymru, in support of a family whose son passed away as a result of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes can develop very quickly. If not swiftly identified and treated, children can become seriously unwell with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). This can be life-threatening.
Peter Baldwin was just 13 when he passed away in 2015. Since then his parents, Beth and Stuart, and sister, Lia, helped us to launch our Know Type 1 campaign to raise awareness of the common early symptoms of the condition, so that children are diagnosed sooner and more safely.
Small change, big result
Lisa Hayes is a Slimming World Consultant in Rhiwbina and Thornhill and close friend of Beth. She encouraged her groups to support the family’s fundraising by donating the change from their weekly attendance fees.
That small change has added up to an impressive total, and they have now raised over £350!
Telling Peter’s story
Lisa said, “I wanted to do as much as I could to support Beth and her family and encouraged my members to donate the change from their fees in Peter’s memory. To see their five and ten pences add up to such an amount is phenomenal. My groups know how much the cause means to me and by telling Peter’s story, it’s also an opportunity to raise more awareness.”
“I’d like to say a big thank you to all my members for their generosity over the years. It’s so rewarding to play even a small part of this important campaign, raising awareness of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes, so that other families don’t have to go through the same thing.”
Know Type 1
Thanks so much to Lisa and her groups for their support of Know Type 1 .
Know Type 1 encourages people to look out for the common early symptoms of the condition, known as the 4Ts: Toilet, Thirsty, Tired, Thinner.
If a child is going to the toilet a lot, has increased thirst which they can’t quench, is more tired than usual or losing weight (getting thinner), they could have undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. If a child shows any of the 4Ts, take them to a doctor immediately for a finger-prick test.
To order posters, leaflets or further information about the 4Ts, get in touch with our team.