A SPECIAL free event is being held in Kirriemuir on the morning of Saturday, May 18, to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes – a condition that can strike suddenly and without warning and, if left untreated, can have devastating consequences.
“It’s vitally important to be aware of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes,” said Helen Taylor, who, with her husband Malcolm and their sons Andrew and Douglas, has organised a Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Morning at Kirriemuir Town Hall on Saturday, May 18.
“After first becoming unwell on October 23, on the night of November 7, 2012, our 17-year-old daughter Claire died as a result of undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes. Since then, many people have mentioned to us that they don’t know the possible symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. By arranging this event to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes, which is very different from Type 2 diabetes, we hope to help prevent a tragedy like this ever happening again in the Kirriemuir area. By coming along to the Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Morning on May 18, people will be able to find out about the possible symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, which normally strikes children, how it can be successfully treated and managed, and the ground-breaking research that is currently underway.”
The event will provide expert information from specialist groups and organisations, including Ninewells Hospital’s Paediatric Diabetes Team and Diabetes UK Scotland, which recently launched its 4Ts of Diabetes campaign, highlighting the four main symptoms of Type 1 diabetes: Toilet, Thirsty, Tired and Thinner.
Jane-Claire Judson, National Director of Diabetes UK Scotland, said: “Everyone who knew Claire and heard of her story can help to make sure this never happens again. By being aware of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, parents and those who work with children can make sure that a child who becomes thirsty, tired, thinner or goes to the toilet more than usual is tested without delay. The onset of Type 1 diabetes can be so quick, even a delay of a few hours can make the difference between being diagnosed at the right time and being diagnosed too late. This is why our campaign to ensure everyone knows the 4Ts of Type 1 diabetes is so important.”
A team from JDRF, the global leader in Type 1 diabetes research, will also be in attendance. During the event, Alastair Brookes will present a talk on the current research work funded by JDRF. Tesco is working with Diabetes UK to support those affected by, and at risk of, diabetes and is supporting the event, as are many local businesses and organisations. There will be several fund-raising opportunities during the morning, with all proceeds going to JDRF and Diabetes UK’s Type 1 Fund.