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Church of England Children's Society hostels.

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Irene Banting, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. Irene Banting

    Irene Banting Type 1 · Member

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    I am just wondering if anyone else was in a Church of England Children's Society hostel for children with diabetes? My parents had divorced and Mum was not coping, so I was sent to live in one of these children's homes in 1965 at age 13, and was there until I left school at 17. There were 3 such homes, one of which I believe was just for boys.
    https://www.hiddenlives.org.uk/homes/RUSTI01.html
    The one I was at was called Shaftsbury House, then the name was changed to Carruthers Corfield House, at Rustington in Sussex. When I was there it was run by a Matron and her husband. I have very mixed feelings about this experience as I was desperately unhappy at being away from home, and yet was looked after really well and learned a lot about managing my diabetes. I think they probably saved my life, just wish I could have seen that at the time.
    I would love to hear from anyone else who remembers!

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  2. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    That’s so interesting - this organisation arranged my adoption in the 1970s, although I didn’t get diabetes until I was in my 20s.
     
  3. Irene Banting

    Irene Banting Type 1 · Member

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    It's a small world. I left there at 17 and then did my Nursery Nurse training at a C of E CS nursery in Felixstowe in Suffolk. Maybe I even went to college and met another girl who looked after you when you were a baby
     
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    Ray B Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hello,
    I have occasionally asked the same question as I went to St Monica’s, me Deal in Kent, about 1950. My home is Leeds, so it was a long way. I was at serious risk at home and enjoyed the experience. We also knew the staff under the title of ‘aunty’ and our matron was Auntie Mimi a French lady.
    When I was 11 I was changed to a home in Salford, St George’s, which was boys only. I was there until I was nearly 17.
    Were you on 80 Lente insulin, as we were at both the homes I was at, and carbohydrate based food regimes?
    Good to hear from you.
    I have had Type 1 for 74 years and believe I learnt some good lessons from those early years.
    Cheers Ray B
     
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