Pioneering project helps Sheffield children with diabetes

Seven-year-olds Dominic Adcock, Paddy Quirk and James Pye and Lena Bassuni, aged 10, of Team TOD with their award.
Seven-year-olds Dominic Adcock, Paddy Quirk and James Pye and Lena Bassuni, aged 10, of Team TOD with their award.
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CHILDREN with diabetes and their families are giving a helping hand to Sheffield medics who are pioneering research into the condition.

The Children’s Hospital Charity is funding KickOff, a project designed to teach youngsters with Type 1 diabetes in Sheffield how to manage their condition. Courses show kids the importance of good blood glucose control, which it is hoped will lower the risk of them developing eye and kidney problems.

Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s diabetes medical and nursing team has gained experience into developing educational material too.

The next stage of the research is to run further educational courses for children aged four and 11.

Clare Pye, from Crosspool, hopes the project could improve the quality of life for her son James and others like him. James, aged seven, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two years ago.

Clare said: “Diabetes takes away children’s freedom. There is nothing that isn’t controlled by his condition - parties, packed lunches, after school activities, even changes in the weather. If we can teach them to manage it better themselves now, it will help them cope in the future.”

Inspired, she formed a fundraising group - Team TOD - to take part in Sheffield’s Half Marathon.

James recruited 32 children to do the 3km fun run, while Claire took on the main challenge with other parents and teachers from Lydgate Lane Infant and Junior School in Crookes, Sheffield Girls School in Broomhill, Tapton School and Waterthorpe Primary School.

They were recently given a special award from organisers in recognition of raising £7,256.36 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.