Two mothers have helped raise more than £7,500 for young diabetics in the UK.
Gemma Robinso, whose 3-year-old daughter Faith has been living with type 1 diabetes for a year, and fellow mum Kirsty Casey generated the funds by organising and hosting a special ball in the market town of Spalding, Lincolnshire, on Saturday night.
The event was a huge success, with over 350 people attending the local Castle Sports Complex for a three-course meal, live music and a disco. A silent auction was held and there was also a presentation which showed all of the local children who have type 1 diabetes.
Of the cash raised, £1,000 has already been handed to the children’s diabetic ward at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, while the remainder will be given to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundatio, the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research.
“The ball was an absolute success,” said Gemma. “I never, ever imagined just how well it would go and the support from everybody was just overwhelming.
“We want to say a big thank you to all the people who came because without them it would not have been possible to raise so much money.”
The mums confirmed that a second ball will definitely be organised next year in order to continue raising awareness of the symptoms, treatment and complications of type 1 diabetes, which affects 90 per cent of all diabetics under the age of 25.

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