I congratulate the Star on highlighting the story of Lucy Harrison, who faced being barred from a school trip because she lives with type 1 diabetes. I am delighted to read that Lucy will now be allowed to join her fellow pupils on the trip.
The most common age of diagnosis for type 1 diabetes – which is not related to diet or lifestyle – is between 10 and 14. In recent years the greatest increase in incidence is in the under-fives group, rising at a rate of five per cent each year. That’s why it is so essential that children with the condition are supported to fully participate in education.
The experiences that school trips offer are a vital part of a child’s education. With some procedures in place, pupils with type 1 diabetes can enjoy school trips as much as any other pupil.
JDRF is the type 1 diabetes charity. Your readers can learn more about us at www.jdrf.org.uk.
CEO, JDRF – the type 1 diabetes charity.