Friends unite for diabetes day

The William Alvey pupils that went on the charity walk for Diabetes UK. EMN-151130-151058001
The William Alvey pupils that went on the charity walk for Diabetes UK. EMN-151130-151058001

School friends of a brave Sleaford girl who has overcome health issues with diabetes have pulled together to raise money and awareness for the condition.

Earlier this year, 10-year-old Amy Walsh became ill with a viral infection which caused her to develop Type 1 diabetes.

After treatment she is living a normal life, apart from having to have insulin injections, and is now making use of an insulin pump.

Her dad, Richard, said Type 1 diabetes is unrelated to obesity and lifestyle choices - that is Type 2 diabetes which only develops later in life. Type 1 can be hereditary or brought on by a virus.

Mr Walsh said: “Now we hear another girl at the school has Type 1 diabetes and my brother in law got it when he was 13.

“Amy doesn’t let it have an impact on her life at all. She is aware of it but doesn’t let it stop her doing anything.”

The self-employed builder went on: “Her friends at William Alvey School organised a Diabetes Day at school for the Junior Diabetes Research Fund. It was all their doing and they have been brilliant.”

Seven of them, including Amy, arranged to do a sponsored walk with parents on Friday November 20 and have raised £1,080. Mr Walsh promised to treat all the children on the walk to coffee and cake at Costa, but he said: “When the manager heard what they had done he would not let us pay the bill because he thought it was such a good cause.”

William Alvey School headteacher Stephen Tapley was very impressed: “This charity fundraising event was very different from anything we have done before. It was organised almost totally by the ‘Diabetes Crew’.

“Amy was diagnosed with diabetes about a year ago and her friends, who were both sympathetic then interested in diabetes, decided to get together and organise a fundraising day. Earlier this month they talked to the whole school about their plans and explained that all the money they raised would go to help find a cure.”

He said: “All our children were encouraged to come to school dressed in blue for a small donation and the girls put together a special timetable of events, which included football rounders, guess the name of the teddy, how many sweets in a jar?, a colouring competition and a loom band activity.”

Mr Tapley added: “It is great when you see children passionate about a cause.

“Raising that amount of money is very impressive and a tribute to the girls and the generosity of our parents and friends of the school. I hope it helps find a cure or at least lessen the impact of diabetes on all those who have been diagnosed.”