Diabetes fun day at the hospital

Photo shows staff, children and their families at the event
Photo shows staff, children and their families at the event

Local children who live with type 1 diabetes and their families attended a fun awareness day organised by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s Children’s Diabetes Team last week.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition which affects daily family life as the child’s blood sugar levels need to be managed with the use of insulin to ensure they remain fit and healthy.

In particular, understanding the impact that eating and physical activity have on a child’s blood sugar levels is important to keep them well.

Children’s diabetes dietitian Cheryl Paul and children’s diabetes nurses Elaine Papps and Becky Heffer organised the day of fun and educational activities which included pizza and smoothie making and structured physical activities such as table tennis and dancing.

The day also gave families who live with type 1 diabetes an opportunity to get to know other families in a similar position.

Feedback from the children on the day was very positive, with one saying “this has been the best day of my summer holiday”.

One parent commented “it’s a great idea for the children to socialise with other children with diabetes as often they feel very isolated.”

Cheryl Paul said, “We have lots of contact with the children in hospital and in their homes, but this was an opportunity to work with them and their families in a less clinical setting.

“It was also a good opportunity for the families to meet with the team in a community setting and get to know us better.

“Thank you to everyone who came along on the day, also to Tesco’s and their Community Champion Mandy Ashenden for supplying all the food for the day free of charge, the Active Hastings team, Azur restaurant and chef Gary Benton for their support and help in making the day extra special.”