Sunderland youngsters go blue for charity

Diabetes fundraising day at Burnside Academy.'From left Ava Beckwith, 6, Rebecca Bestford, 9 and Jayden Beckwith, 8
Diabetes fundraising day at Burnside Academy.'From left Ava Beckwith, 6, Rebecca Bestford, 9 and Jayden Beckwith, 8
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Youngsters at a Sunderland school have been feeling blue to raise for a charity close to their hearts.

Thanks to an idea from a big-hearted pupil, the children at Burnside Academy decided to become blue in support of those youngsters, including fellow pupils, who suffer from diabetes.

We are very proud of Jayden for suggesting the fund-raising day

Leona Kelly

Pupil, Jayden Beckwith, was the one who came up with the inspirational idea for the Houghton school.

At Burnside Academy in Brinkburn Crescent there are currently three girl pupils who have diabetes.

Like all those with the condition the youngsters need to deal with it on a daily basis.

One of the children with type 1 of the condition is Jayden’s sister, Ava Beckwith, six.

Jayden approached the school’s acting headteacher Leona Kelly to suggest a fund raising day.

He wanted to raise awareness of the condition, which affects not only the children concerned but also their families.

On the fund-raising day children went along to school dressed in the colour blue for the day.

A representative volunteer from Diabetes UK went along to give a talk to the pupils and staff at Burnside Academy about the condition and how it is treated.

Parents of the children at the school who have been diagnosed with the condition spoke to different classes to highlight what life is like for a child dealing with diabetes every day.

Thanks to Jayden’s idea, the school raised £164.70 for Diabetes UK.

The charity was extremely grateful for the donation, which will be used to make a positive difference to the lives of people who are living with diabetes.

Mrs Kelly said the day was a big success and very educational for everyone.

The Burnside Academy acting headteacher, said: “We are very proud of Jayden for suggesting the fund-raising day, which all of the children enjoyed whilst raising

funds and awareness for a medical condition affecting three of our families in school.”

Diabetes UK is the leading charity for people affected by the condition. The vision of Diabetes UK is a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Diabetes affects more people than any other serious health condition in the UK, more than dementia and cancer combined.

The charity says it is leading the fight against the growing crisis and this involves sharing knowledge and raising much-needed funds.