Brentwood raises money for Diabetes UK

Brentwood School students raised nearly £1600 for Diabetes UK – their fundraising inspired by Lower Sixth student Phillippa Hampson, herself a sufferer of the disease.

Pupils from West House presented a giant cheque for £1581.32 to Mr Richard Lane OBE, who is the first ever Ambassador of Diabetes UK, in this week’s assembly 

Mr Lane, who stepped down as the charity’s President last month, is a long term sufferer of Type 1 diabetes and is a passionate speaker, keen to share his own experiences with others and to reassure that a cure is on its way.

The donation was made all the more meaningful since it was organised by Phillippa, another Type 1 sufferer, who told West House about her experience of dealing with the disease at a previous assembly.

Through a week of fundraising events including cake stalls and a rousing teachers’ edition of University Challenge, Phillippa was proud that she was able to raise funds to contribute to improving research into the condition.

After the presentation Phillippa interviewed Mr Lane for the School magazine, The Brentwoodian, and discussed pioneering treatment.

Speaking at the assembly, West Housemistress Mrs Lynsey Cleaves said “We’re honoured to be joined by Mr Lane who serves as an Ambassador for this wonderful charity, and I encourage each of you speak to just one other person today about what you’ve heard to raise awareness about Diabetes.”

Diabetes is an illness where the pancreas does not make any or enough insulin resulting in the amount of glucose in the blood stream being too high. Type 1 diabetes is harder to regulate that other forms of diabetes as blood sugar levels can change rapidly. There are currently around one million diabetics in the UK that require insulin injections to regulate their condition.

Diabetes UK raised the money to pay for the first 10 islet transplants in the UK and have since secured aid from the NHS to transplant other patients who have serious complications with their diabetes. The procedure costs around £30,000.