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Schoolboy asks MPs to do more for diabetes sufferers

Ellis met his local MP Tim Farron to raise awareness of diabetes.

Ellis met his local MP Tim Farron to raise awareness of diabetes.

A Carnforth High School pupil visited Parliament to raise awareness of the impact type 1 diabetes has on people’s lives.

Ellis Simms, who has had the condition since he was a baby, was one of just 60 people from across the country chosen to speak at a Westminster event.

The 11-year-old, from Arnside, represented the 400,000 people who live with diabetes in the UK.

He was selected to attend by the charity JDRF and met his local MP, Tim Farron, to highlight the illness.

Karen Addington, chief executive, said the event was a “resounding success”, adding: “The incidence of type 1 diabetes is going up and so is the cost – but UK Government spending on type 1 diabetes research is falling.

“Thankfully, more people are now uniting on this issue and we can be hopeful of achieving significant change.”

Mr Farron said he would write to science minister David Willetts to ask now research can be better supported.

A child diagnosed with diabetes at age five faces up to 19,000 insulin injections and 50,000 finger prick tests by the time they are 18.

 

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