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Courageous Sabrina fundraises to support children at George Eliot Hospital

Children's Donation from Sabrina

Sabrina Yates and her family visited George Eliot Hospital Children’s Outpatients Department to hand over a fabulous donation of toys, tablets and a cheque after adopting a healthier lifestyle to fundraise for the hospital.

Sabrina, who has Type 1 diabetes, has spent the last few months walking five miles a day to help fundraise and get healthier at the same time. Sabrina had wanted to help other children at the hospital who visited the children’s outpatients department.

A total of £1,250 was collected through sponsorship and kind donations from local people. Tesco Express on Croft Road Nuneaton, local MP Marcus Jones, friends and family members all made kind donations. Toys, tablets and a £500 cheque donation were presented to the Diabetic children’s nursing team.

Sabrina received fantastic support over the last few months from her twin brother Matthew and other members of her family, who also benefited from adopting a healthier lifestyle and losing weight through fun exercise. Sabrina had also received an encouraging letter from Prime Minister, Theresa May.

The Yates family visited the hospital to hand over to the children’s diabetes team a variety of toys, which included  trainsets, two tablets, toy cars for the children to use, a cheque for £500 and a fan for staff to use in the outpatient department. Local MP Marcus Jones also came along to support Sabrina and her family.

Children’s diabetes nurse specialist, Jeanette Diegnan said: “We are very grateful to Sabrina and her family for this fantastic donation’’.

“We are extremely proud of Sabrina is for her decision to adopt a healthier exercise routine and also fundraise for the hospital at the same time.”

Dad, Steve Yates said: “We would like to thank the hospital for their continued care and support for our daughter Sabrina.”

Further information

Diabetes affects 1 in 20 people in our local community. This is at least 10,000 people. Most families are affected by diabetes. We all know people with diabetes.

There are two main type of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks its insulin producing cells and stops producing insulin causing a rise in blood glucose levels. This is the most common type of diabetes in children and young people.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t respond to the insulin being produced to maintain a normal blood glucose level and may be associated with lifestyle choices and being overweight and is rare in children.

Advice on how to stay healthy

Weight Control: Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Diet: Maintaining a healthy diet can help with your overall health and wellbeing as well as preventing excess weight gain. Aim for 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day.

Exercise: Regular exercise will help to maintain an optimum weight and will benefit all members of the family. Usually 30 minutes of brisk walking five times a week is enough.

Smoking: It is widely accepted that smoking causes heart and lung disease. Most diabetes complications are made worse by smoking.

Alcohol: Alcohol lowers the blood sugar, so it is important not to drink on an empty stomach and keep within recommended limits. Men and women are advised to drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week and to have several alcohol free days each week.

If you do have diabetes it is very important to keep review appointments and follow recommended advice from specialists.  

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