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Up, up and away in Kew!

It was a case of up, up and away last week as the pupils of Kew College primary school released over 250 pink helium-filled balloons in aid of Diabetes UK.

Each child’s balloon label can be posted back to the school so pupils are able to track which travelled the furthest. 

As part of Diabetes Week the children had a special assembly with one of their own pupils and John Grumitt, Vice Chairman of Diabetes UK, about living with diabetes. The delighted children then led the way as the balloons were released.  

The £279 from the balloon race will be added to funds raised from the school’s Ball on the Boat held last Saturday - a total for Diabetes UK of around £7,500.

John Grumitt expressed the charity’s appreciation for the support of Kew College and described the funds raised as a welcome boost for Diabetes UK’s children’s support holidays. The holidays offer children with diabetes and their families the chance to be among others who understand the condition, learning how to manage their diabetes while developing a positive attitude and enjoying fun activities and adventure.

Kew College pupils now have a much greater understanding of diabetes, are delighted to support the cause and await the results of the balloon race with anticipation and excitement as the winner will receive tickets to Legoland!

For further information please contact a member of the Marketing Committee at Kew College on 020 8940 2039 or

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