St Albans school dresses down for Type 1 Diabetes

Children at Wheatfields Junior School turned up to lessons in pyjamas and onesies to raise money for

Children at Wheatfields Junior School turned up to lessons in pyjamas and onesies to raise money for two of their fellow pupils who suffer from Type 1 diabetes. - Credit: Archant

It is the school uniform we all dream of.

Not having to dress in jumpers with the school crest on is probably most schoolchildren’s idea of heaven.

And that is just what pupils at Wheatfields Junior School in Marshalswick experienced as they dressed up in onesies and pyjamas to raise money for two of their classmates.

The initiative, aptly named ‘Type Onesie’ day, was in aid of Maddie Wills, 11, and Deenah Khan, nine, who both suffer from Type 1 Diabetes.

Proceeds from the day, which totalled over £1000, will go to JDRF, the organisation dedicated to finding the solution to the currently incurable disease.

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Maddie and Deenah also held a school assembly to explain what living with the condition was like and put on a bake sale to show how sufferers could still eat cake.

Maddie said: “One of the most frustrating things for me is being asked whether I should be eating a cake. People are only trying to help, but I wanted to bust some of the myths around diabetes and raise awareness of the symptoms.”

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The 11 year old has daily insulin injections but her mum Helen, an award-winning parenting blogger who has raised awareness through social media since her daughter’s diagnosis in 2014, explained: “Managing diabetes is incredibly complex, and very hard work, but sufferers can do exactly the same as anyone else, with careful attention to blood glucose levels.

“A diagnosis is a shocking thing, but there are some wonderful groups online to turn to for advice, and outcomes are better than ever as technology increases.”

To make a donation online, visit Helen and Maddie’s fundraising page.

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