A Hailsham mum with Type 1 diabetes is organising a fundraising event today (Friday, November 14) to mark World Diabetes Day.
Charlotte Hutson was diagnosed with the condition when she was just nine years old after suffering from common symptoms such as feeling very thirsty, tired and losing a lot of weight.
She spent a week in hospital on a drip before being taught how to inject twice a day and leaving hospital with all the necessary equipment to allow her to continue living a full and happy life without being held back by the disease.
Charlotte, who is now 25 and mother to a little boy called Harry, spends her time supporting other people in the area who suffer from diabetes. To that end, she is organising an event to raise awareness of the condition and gather funds for national charity Diabetes UK.
The event will be held at the Diabetes centre in Eastbourne District General Hospital, on Friday, November 14 - World Diabetes Day - from 2—4pm.
Nikki Verra, Diabetes UK South East regional fundraiser, said, “We are immensely grateful to Charlotte for her time and effort in raising money for our charity on World Diabetes Day and helping others in Eastbourne who are also coping with the serious life long condition.
“The money raised at the event will go towards research into care, cure and prevention for all types of diabetes and helping people manage their condition effectively by providing information, advice and support.”
World Diabetes Day is organised by the International Diabetes Federation with the aim of uniting the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy.
The day is being marked across the world, with events from South Africa to Saudi Arabia and Finland to Florida.
On Friday, November 14, the International Diabetes Federation will also be releasing a new and updated set of statistics about the epidemic of diabetes - how many people it affects and in what areas of the globe.
Diabetes UK is a national charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes.
It provides information, help and peer support, so people with diabetes can manage their condition effectively and with money raised, it funds the majority of research into diabetes in the UK.