St Albans pupils get their onesies on for type 1 diabetes

PUBLISHED: 15:07 17 November 2014

Maddie, Helen and Evan Wills

Maddie, Helen and Evan Wills


A St Albans school staged a funky fundraising event for JDRF – the type 1 diabetes charity – by getting pupils to dress in onesies for the day.

Wheatfields Junior School pupil Maddie Wills recently diagnosed with condition, persuaded her teachers to let everyone wear a onesie all day as part of the nationwide #TypeOnesie campaign. The event raised awareness of type 1 diabetes and supports research into curing the condition.

Type 1 diabetes, which is not linked to lifestyle factors such as exercise or diet, affects 400,000 people in the UK, who must take insulin every day just to stay alive.

Maddie said: “When I was diagnosed in August it was such a shock. I really struggled for a while, but as I got to grips with taking my injections I wanted to let people know what living with type 1 diabetes really means, especially for a child. So I convinced my headteacher to let me lead an assembly at school, to tell my classmates about it.

She added: “I never thought I’d be brave enough to talk about my condition, even to my class, but I knew I had to do something to help raise money for a cure. So I decided to be brave, and tell the whole school!”

Maddie’s mum, Helen, says she is proud of everything her daughter has achieved in the three months since her diagnosis: “Maddie was terrified of injections, but within just a week she was doing all her own blood tests and insulin injections. I never doubted she could do it, but I’m thrilled by her motivation to beat this, and to help raise money for JDRF.”

Helen and Maddie are fundraising here:

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