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Success for support group helping youngsters with diabetes in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 09:08 30 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:08 30 October 2014

Clare Butler (back left) with some of the children and teenagers who attended her Barking and Dagenham diabetes support group (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Clare Butler (back left) with some of the children and teenagers who attended her Barking and Dagenham diabetes support group (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

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The founder of a diabetes support group for youngsters coping with the condition says she has been pleased with the response to her first meeting.

Three children and their parents attended Clare Butler’s first session at her home in Ivyhouse Road, Dagenham, including one girl who was only diagnosed just a few weeks ago.

Clare launched the group to help her 13-year-old son Lewis, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two years ago, to meet other teenagers who have the condition.

“We were instantly talking about how we deal with carb cutting, the problems we have with schools and health care issues,” she said.

“One of the parents texted me later on that evening to thank me and saying that it was good to meet someone who knew what she has gone through.”

Clare has already had more people get in touch ahead of the next meeting, due to be held next month.

She also plans to hold a fundraiser for the group next year which will go towards paying for somewhere for the group to meet up.

For more information, call Clare on 07411 572152 or email clarebutler82@outlook.com

New support group to help youngsters with diabetes in Barking and Dagenham


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