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Billinge schoolgirl Kaye Sparrow, 10, who has type 1 diabetes
Billinge schoolgirl Kaye Sparrow, 10, who has type 1 diabetes

A BILLINGE primary schoolgirl is heading a delegation to the Houses of Parliament lobbying for more support for diabetics like herself.

Kay Sparrow, 10, discovered she had Type 1 diabetes last year and has to face up to the fact that she will have to battle against this nasty condition for the rest of her life.

The Billinge St Aidan’s Primary School pupil has been selected to represent Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside in a group lobbying MPs at the House of Commons on April 25.

She is one of 60 adults and children with the condition who are attending the Type 1 Parliament event to talk about how it affects their lives in the hope of convincing politicians to pump extra funding into research.

At home in Billinge Kaye said: “Diabetes has totally taken over my life.

“It also affects my family and everyone around me. I don’t think people realise just how awful and serious type 1 diabetes is.

“Diabetes is horrible. I want to ask the Government to give more funding for medical research so that a cure can be found.

“I would love to have it cured especially in my lifetime.”

Mum Tina added: “Kaye’s diabetes came as a huge shock for all of us.”

“It meant massive changes to every aspect of Kaye’s life and Kaye needed help and support to adjust. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone at St Aidan’s who have helped Kaye to make these adjustments and to everyone including the pupils and parents who have supported Kaye’s fund-raising.

“Kaye would also like to thank her Nana Ann and everyone who has helped her to get prizes to raise money and a special thank you to Anne, Helen, Vicky and the diabetes team at Whiston Hospital for helping her with her diabetes.”

Over the last few years, the Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation has successfully built awareness of type 1 diabetes and JDRF’s political presence within Westminster and the devolved administrations, campaigning on the postcode lottery on the provision of insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors and advocating the importance of funding medical research of type 1.

The cash will be used for trying to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Kaye has also tried to raise awareness of the condition and helped to organise an assembly at school to tell all the children about it.

Kaye was selected to go to Parliament on November 14 which is World Diabetes Day.