Charlie dresses up to lead Diabetes fight

Walk for Junior Diabetes Research Fund. From the left, Lara McDonagh, Johny Taylor, Mitchell McDonagh, Charlie Evans and and Angela Spiby, from Banbury. NNL-150922-171901009
Walk for Junior Diabetes Research Fund. From the left, Lara McDonagh, Johny Taylor, Mitchell McDonagh, Charlie Evans and and Angela Spiby, from Banbury. NNL-150922-171901009

A Banbury mother and her diabetic son are dressing up as ghostbusters as they take the fight to diabetes.

Ten-year-old Charlie Evans and his mother Angela Spiby will head to Drayton Manor Theme Park for the event on Sunday to take art in a 5km charity walk for JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Fund).

Charlie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes aged just two and uses a Continuous Glucose Meter (UGM) everyday to help monitor his blood sugar levels. But the Orchard Fields School pupil still leads a normal life and his mother hopes to raise more awareness of the autoimmune condition.

Mrs Spiby said: “Charlie was losing weight and getting really thirsty and they were the signs to watch out for when he was diagnosed by the doctor. But he was got on with it really well. He uses the meter which reads his blood levels and alerts him when it gets too high or too low.

“It has never bothered him and he just gets on with it. He still plays football and other sports and this event is not necessarily about raising money, but letting parents who don’t know that their children can still do the normal things in life even if they are diabetic.”

Type 1 Diabetes is a condition where your body is unable to produce insulin. It accounts for 10 per cent of all adults with Type 1 and is treated by daily insulin doses, either by injections or an insulin pump.

It can develop at any age but usually appears before the age of 40 and is not affected by diet or lifestyle.

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/angela-spiby3/?utm_id=11 or text your donation amount to 70070.

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