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Schoolboy with diabetes asks Prime Minister for better support at school

Harrison Ward, 11, from Southgate in London, backed Diabetes UK this week by calling on Prime Minister Gordon Brown to address the inequalities faced by children and young people with health conditions at schools in England.

Harrison, who has Type 1 diabetes, told Mr Brown about his experiences at school to help Diabetes UK raise awareness of the problems faced by some pupils with diabetes.

Schools (Health Support) Bill

To tackle this issue, Jim Cunningham MP put forward the Schools (Health Support) Bill, which was debated in Parliament today.

"I'm lucky..."

“I am lucky that my school is pretty good at helping me to manage my diabetes," said Harrison.

"We had a few problems when I was first diagnosed but now I am able to enjoy all the activities that my classmates do.

"... but not all children are as lucky"

“I love sports and am in the football team at school, which I really enjoy. I know that some children aren’t as lucky as me, though, so I hope that telling Mr Brown about the issue will help to make things better for us all.”

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