Bernie’s boost for young diabetics

Posted on in Fundraising, Hospitals

Bernie - diabetes teamFormer Boro star Bernie Slaven took part in the New York half marathon earlier this year to say thanks for the fantastic care his son has received from the children’s diabetes team at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Bernie said “My son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two years ago and, as a way of saying thanks, I thought I’d raise a few quid for diabetes charities. I raised £4,100 through appeals on the radio, in the Evening Gazette and twitter, and I’ve given £2,000 to the national diabetes fund and £2,100 to the team here at James Cook.”

Kelly Rowe, specialist nurse for children and young people with diabetes, said “The children’s diabetes team would like to say a huge thank you to Bernie, the money he has raised will directly benefit children and young people with diabetes in our local area. Funds are used to support innovative education and support events including practical carbohydrate counting, under 7’s fun day and an annual sports day.”