Silence proved to be golden for a youngster who raised money for JDRF on behalf of her friend who has type 1 diabetes.
Sam Scoble (pictured, right), from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2013 aged just four.
Having witnessed the challenges and demands that Sam experiences each day, such as injecting insulin and regularly testing her blood glucose levels, Lucy Woodcock (pictured, left) took it upon herself to raise awareness of Sam’s diabetes and complete a fundraising challenge.
The 10-year-old, who attends Brownlow Primary School with Sam, successfully completed a sponsored silence lasting two days.
As a result of not saying one word or making a single noise over the 48-hour period, Lucy managed to collect £165.50 in sponsorship from friends, family and teachers.
The money has been presented to type 1 diabetes charity JDRF, which funds research into curing, treating and preventing type 1 diabetes.
Last year, in a separate fundraising challenge, 12-year-old Pheobe Maddison was praised for helping to raise over £3,500 for JDRF following a performance by the Swindon Stagecoach Theatre Group.
In the UK, there are about 35,000 children and young people with diabetes under the age of 19, with a total of 90 per cent having type 1 diabetes.
Earlier this month, the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) charity urged more schools in the UK to make use of free information aimed at improving diabetes care and support for children in the educational setting.
Last year the IDDT has shipped out over 5,000 free booklets about Type 1 diabetes and children – ‘Diabetes – What Schools Need to Know’ and the ‘Parents Passport for Schools’ booklets.
Picture: Melton Times

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