Fun day for children with diabetes

Local children who have type 1 diabetes and their families enjoyed a fun day organised by the trust’s children’s diabetes team.

The team organised the day of fun at Preston Park which saw children aged 11 and under from Stockton, Hartlepool and Peterlee, compete in games including a baton race, rounders an egg and spoon race and a treasure hunt which led the group of 40 to a delicious picnic.

The day also gave families with type 1 diabetes an opportunity to get to know other families in a similar position.

Dietitian Charlotte Codling said: “We see the children at their clinic appointments and in their own homes, but this was an excellent way for us to get to know the families better and for them to get to know us.

“The children had a great time socialising with other children. It’s a fantastic way for them to support each other. We’re hoping to hold more events like this in the future.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came along on the day and to everyone who helped in supporting the event and helped in making the day extra special.”

The facts about type 1 diabetes

  • people with type 1 diabetes are usually diagnosed when they are under 40 years old
  • type 1 diabetes happens when the body does not produce any insulin. This means that glucose produced in the breakdown of food stays in the blood
  • having type 1 diabetes isn’t anyone’s fault
  • if someone is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes they will need insulin injections or insulin using an insulin pump
  • children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes need insulin treatment for the rest of their life

Some of the symptoms to look out for

  • excessive thirst
  • going to the toilet more or bed wetting
  • weight loss
  • tiredness

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