SEVENTY five per cent of children in the Isle of Man with type 1 diabetes are now using insulin pump therapy, thanks to the generosity of our readers.
The joint Isle of Man Newspapers/Manx Diabetic Group Pumps 4 Kids campaign has paid for nine youngsters to start pump therapy, with a further two set to start on a pump soon.
Pumps 4 Kids aims to eradicate the waiting list for pump therapy for children with Type 1 diabetes. Pump therapy replaces the need for daily injections, therefore transforming the life of a child.
To achieve our aim, we have called on the help of the island’s community. Donors and fundraisers from across the island have pulled together to help, including youngsters at Victoria House Nursery, in Douglas, who really went the extra mile to raise £500 for Pumps 4 Kids.
Nursery owner Carolyn Nicholson said a 30 metre track was set up in the garden and youngsters were sponsored to run around it as many times as they could manage.
In total, the runners raised £1,000, with half going to Pumps 4 Kids and the other half going to the Rebecca House children’s hospice nursery.
A pump delivers insulin into the body without the need for multiple daily injections.
The pump unit is carried outside the body and holds a reservoir of insulin attached to a long, thin piece of tubing with a cannula at one end that sits under the skin. A small amount of insulin is administered continuously and is topped up manually at meal times.
This relatively new technology mimics more closely the action of the pancreas in delivering insulin than multiple daily injections.
Type 1 diabetes usually appears in childhood or early adulthood but can be diagnosed in later life.
In Type 1, the pancreas stops producing insulin which is essential to process glucose from food. Artificial insulin cannot be taken in tablet form and must be injected under the skin. Most Type 1 diabetics inject insulin before every meal and use a longer acting insulin overnight to maintain a controlled blood sugar level. Frequent blood testing is essential.
• If you would like to help Pumps 4 Kids, send your donation to The Treasurer, Pumps 4 Kids, 9 Hillcrest Grove, Birch Hill, Onchan, IM3 3HZ. Alternatively, a special account has been set up at Barclays, under the account name Manx Diabetic Group - Pumps 4 Kids.
The account sort code is 20-26-74 and the account number is 33877280. Donations can be made in person at the bank or by sending the money to Barclays Private Clients International, Isle of Man International Banking Centre, PO Box 9, Barclays House, Victoria Street, Douglas, IM99 1AJ.
Cheques can be made payable to Pumps 4 Kids.
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