Arnside youngster to speak in Parliament about diabetes

Ellis Simms

Ellis Simms

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AN ARNSIDE youngster who has lived with type one diabetes since he was a baby has been selected to speak about the condition in Parliament.

Ellis Simms, 11, who was diagnosed just after his first birthday, will be one of 60 adults and children chosen to represent their constituencies at the House of Commons event – Type 1 Parliament – next month.

The Carnforth High School pupil’s mother, Kate Sykes said: “Ellis’s diagnosis was a very difficult time for the family, as it means he can’t always be carefree like other children can.

“It was very exciting to hear that he had been chosen to represent all those in our area living with the condition. Going to the House of Commons and talking to MPs will be a wonderful experience for him.”

Karen Addington, chief executive of the type one diabetes charity JDRF, added: “Type 1 diabetes doesn’t have to hold you back in life. But it is a very challenging condition to live with.

“The government must respond to increasing rates of the condition in the UK by investing more research to treat, prevent and cure the condition. That’s why we’re taking our message to Westminster.”

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12:37pm Sun 26 Jan 14

zaksmum says...

Anything that will increase awareness of this condition has to be a great thing. My daughter was diagnosed in November last year, so still very new to all of this. But the thing that amazes me is the misunderstanding that type1 diabetes is weight/life style related. It is VERY different to type 2, and not a lot of people seem to know this. Even the professionals. Well done Ellis for speaking up on our behalf.
Anything that will increase awareness of this condition has to be a great thing. My daughter was diagnosed in November last year, so still very new to all of this. But the thing that amazes me is the misunderstanding that type1 diabetes is weight/life style related. It is VERY different to type 2, and not a lot of people seem to know this. Even the professionals. Well done Ellis for speaking up on our behalf. zaksmum
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