A 14-YEAR-OLD who faces a daily battle with diabetes has visited the Houses of Parliament in a bid to discuss her struggles with the illness with an MP.
Lucy Averis, who is a pupil at John Taylor High School, in Barton under Needwood, met with her MP Michael Fabricant during her visit to Westminster to explain the impact of Type 1 diabetes on people’s lives.
The youngster, who also lives in the village, was chosen to attend a special event at the political hub by JDRF – the global type 1 diabetes charity.
She was one of 60 adults and children who live with the condition selected from across the country to represent their constituencies.
Mr Fabricant said: “Type 1 diabetes is a chronic and challenging condition. The exact cause is unclear, but it is not linked to lifestyle or diet.
“A child diagnosed with it at the age of five faces up to 19,000 insulin injections and 50,000 finger prick tests by the time they are 18.
“Lucy injects up to five times a day – and during the night.
“The condition affects 400,000 people in the UK and incidences are growing rapidly, particularly in those under five years old.
“I am keen to highlight the true impact of type 1 diabetes upon those that live with it, their families, and the country as a whole.
“On behalf of those living with the condition, I am contacting the Science Minister David Willetts to ask how research into this condition can be better supported.”
Karen Addington, chief executive of JDRF, said: “The incidence of type 1 diabetes is going up and so is the cost – but UK Government spending on type 1 diabetes research is falling.
“Thankfully, more people are now uniting on this issue and we can be hopeful of achieving significant change.”
A spokesman for the group added: “JDRF delegates put their messages across incredibly effectively and articulately, and communicated passionately the facts.”