A nine-year-old girl recently diagnosed with diabetes inspired her family to raise hundreds of pounds for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.
Erin Beardsley was diagnosed with type one diabetes a year ago by specialists working for the paediatric diabetes team at Rotherham Hospital.
To thank the team for their support Erin’s generous auntie and uncle, Anne and George Garside, asked her family to donate money to the charity instead of gifts at their golden wedding anniversary celebrations in June. They raised £250, which will help fund resources and equipment to help other children diagnosed with diabetes in Rotherham.
Erin, who attends Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School, said: “When I told my auntie and uncle I had diabetes they wanted to do something to help not just me but other children too. They live in Conisbrough in Doncaster and we had a big anniversary party at an Italian restaurant, which was fun. I thought it was really kind of them and we’re really proud of them.”
Erin’s mum Claire Beardsley, of Parkgate, also said: “When Erin was diagnosed with diabetes it came as quite a shock and it was a worrying time for all of us.
“But the paediatric diabetes team at Rotherham Hospital have been absolutely amazing. We know we can call anytime with whatever questions or worries we have. They also offer educational sessions about how to live well with diabetes, where we’ve met other children and adults with the condition, which has been invaluable.
“This is our way of saying thank you for their support. We’re really proud to be able to help the service provide the expert care they do for other children in Rotherham.”
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar (glucose) level to become too high. Most children who develop diabetes will have type one diabetes, which means they will need regular insulin injections for the rest of their lives.
The paediatric diabetes team cares for more than 130 children and young people aged up to 19-years-old in Rotherham with 15 new patients diagnosed on average every year.
The specialist team is the first point of call for any child or young person diagnosed with diabetes in Rotherham. They offer advice about how to manage their condition, how to inject insulin and to monitor their diet. Children with diabetes are also referred to a child psychologist, their condition is reviewed every three months and they receive an annual ‘health MOT.’
Terrye Cartwright, Diabetes Specialist Nurse at TRFT, said: “We feel really honoured that Erin’s auntie and uncle involved the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity
in their anniversary celebrations.
“Being diagnosed with diabetes can be a stressful and frightening time for families and parents in particular worry their child won’t be able to do the activities they love or eat their favourite foods. It’s such a relief for them to know that, with our guidance, they can lead a normal life.
“All the money raised with help us fund creative and fun ways to help children and young people who are diagnosed with diabetes to continue to learn about their condition and to manage it well.”
For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk