Christmas ball fundraiser for type 1 diabetes

by | 22 November 2019 | Retford, Support Group, Worksop

The type 1 diabetes Winter ‘ONE’derland Christmas ball will be raising money to support Bassetlaw’s Children’s Type 1 Diabetes Family Support Group. Type 1 diabetes is an incurable autoimmune disease, which affects the ability of the pancreas to produce an important hormone called insulin which controls blood glucose levels.

Type 1 diabetes in children requires constant care to prevent them becoming unwell and having a seizure or going into a coma, which can be life threatening, or from sustaining long-term health conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease or blindness. To manage this disease multiple injections of insulin or insulin administered via an insulin pump is required daily. Furthermore, multiple finger pricks have to be endured to ensure safe blood sugars are maintained.

There are currently 65 children in Bassetlaw ranging in age from babies to 16-year-olds who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and unfortunately this number continues to rise each year.

Type 1 diabetes is a life changing condition and does not only affect the child but the whole family. School teachers have to be specially trained to look after the children and normal child activities like sleepovers, sports activities and clubs are very difficult to attend as the child needs a trained person in attendance who can look after them due to special monitoring required. It is challenging living with type 1 diabetes for both the children and their families.

Therefore, the group are aiming to further develop and support Bassetlaw’s Children’s Type 1 Diabetes Family Support Group by arranging group sessions and outings for children with this condition. This much needed support group will enable opportunities for families, particularly newly diagnosed, to meet others in the same position as themselves and gain vital support whilst sharing their experiences. Parents and carers who already attend this group describe it as invaluable.

Organisers are holding a fundraising event named Winter ‘ONE’derland which is a Christmas Ball to be held at the West Retford Hotel on Friday 6th December, when they will be holding an auction and raffle and 100% of the proceeds will go to the support group.

Tickets for this event sold out in minutes and although this makes up the greatest part of the charity revenue, they also need your help in supporting this amazing cause by asking for donations of prizes. If you can offer a small raffle prize or, if more convenient for yourselves a small donation, which would allow them to purchase a prize to raffle they would be very grateful. During the evening of the event, donations will be fully acknowledged and the names of all prize donors associated with this event announced.

Any donation will be highly appreciated by the families that the group continue to support and will help to subsidise group activities such as the pantomime, cinema, camping trips and other similar opportunities. Please send an email to kaystocks1980@gmail.com or call 07779 098681 for more information.