Fundraisers beat 'Snowmaggedon' for Children's Diabetes Team weekend away

Our Trust is always grateful when we receive donations from our patients and their families.

Recently our paediatric diabetes team were overwhelmed when patient Callum Long, 10, and his family presented them with a cheque for more than £6,200. The money means their residential weekend away can take place again next year.

Callum was diagnosed with diabetes in 2016, and when his Mum and Dad heard the team rely on charitable funds for activities, the whole family steamed into action organising a charity ball at Dean Clough, Halifax, for Saturday 17th March.

On the day of the Ball, patient advocates for the paediatric diabetes team Amanda Grayson and Jo Kitchen had to turn back as it was the one of the nights when there was heavy snow last winter.

It was so bad some called it "snowmaggedon".

Amanda, said: "We were totally gutted we had to turn back after an hour and a half stuck in the car.  All I could think about was how much work Callum's mum, dad and sister Emma, Stephen and Megan had put in to get everything arranged and all the sponsorship they'd sorted out".

They needn't have worried as the evening was a huge success and in total £6,243.08 was presented to the team and consultant Stephanie How-Yaw.

Amanda told Callum's family. "I can't tell you how absolutely staggered I am by the fundraising and we're all so grateful - it really will make a huge difference and means we can definitely run the trip again. Not many trusts do this for their patients, so to be able to plan for next year is amazing".

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Here is more about what the weekend away entails:

Historically the Children’s Diabetes Team have taken around 25 children to an outdoor activity centre in the Lake District annually. The trip, from a Friday to Sunday, involves an incredible amount of planning and admin and staff being available, including a consultant.

The whole thing normally costs around £6500 plus another £1000 transport costs (which our local Parents Support Group have historically fundraised for).

Due to lack of funds we were unable to book a slot this May, but now we've had this amazing cheque in we'll be able to arrange something for next year.

It is a fabulous trip which enables our children to experience independence away, giving families some respite from the 24/7 365 days it takes to manage this life-long medical condition.

All our children are insulin-dependent and have multiple daily injections (MDI) or wear insulin pumps 24/7.

If you would like to donate see the Charitable Trust sections on our website.