A Corporal from RAF Leeming whose life was turned upside down when his young daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, has been nominated for a top award at the Station's annual prize-giving ceremony.

John Henry has been shortlisted in the 'Contribution to Charity' category after he set up a family support group for children who suffer from type 1 diabetes. 

Sufferers of the lifelong condition are unable to produce insulin which results in high blood sugar levels. 

Following the discovery that his four-year-old daughter Ellen had the condition, John launched a charity to connect other parents in the same situation.

"My daughter was diagnosed at the age of two and a half so it means she can't care for her condition herself. Me and my wife have to care for her 24 hours a day."

"Every couple of hours we're checking on her to ensure that her blood glucose levels are stable and if not to administer treatment."

South Tees Diabetes UK Family Group organises events, activities and meetings across the Middlesbrough, Redcar, Hambleton and Richmondshire districts under the care of South Tees Hospitals.

The charity hosts soft play events for younger children, paintballing for older children and picnics in parks over the summer to help to bring families together. The 37-year-old is surprised by the nomination:

"It means a lot. It really does. It's to help my daughter and I just want to do the best for her."

Recent fundraising activities have included bag packing in Catterick and a collection at the RAF Leeming families' day.  

Learn more about the support available to families of children with type 1 diabetes: 

http://south-tees-family-group.diabetesukgroup.org 

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