Team effort ensures top day for teenagers with diabetes

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When the children’s diabetes team at James Cook put a post on Facebook asking for volunteers to help with a pamper day for teenage girls with diabetes they were overwhelmed by the response they received.

Diabetes pamper day

The post reached more than 88,000 people and the team was inundated with offers of help including the use of the nail salon at Middlesbrough College.

Around 17 girls attended the full day event which included a free nail treatment, the chance to meet other teenagers with diabetes and useful tips on how to manage their condition.

Organiser Kirsten Stevens said: “It has been an amazing day and we just want to thank everyone who has made it possible.

Diabetes pamper day

“It’s been a real treat for the girls but it has also encouraged some new faces to come along and meet the team which is fantastic.”

Dr Shelley Boddy, clinical psychologist added: “Thanks to everyone’s support the day has been a big success – the girls have been able to think about their diabetes away from the clinic setting and develop confidence talking about their feelings.”

Diabetes pamper day

A big thank you to all the nail technicians who gave up their time including: Hayley Dennis, Joanne McGowen, Michelle Geldart, Vicky Robinson, Samantha Dicken, Amy Rickaby, Hayley Turner, Karen Galimba, Lauren Grainger, Abbie Smith and Robin Bates.

Thanks also to everyone who donated gifts for the goody bags including Novelty Products, Duraweld, Designease, Bubble inc, Supreme London, Roche, Mills Pharmacy (Bedale), Scruples Hairdressers, Co-op (Bedale), Tesco (Bedale), Bedale Hair and Beauty and Dovetail Interiors.