Charity fundraiser focuses efforts on diabetes

August 01 2018
Charity fundraiser focuses efforts on diabetes

A woman from Yate who has raised thousands of pounds for different charities will now focus on raising awareness of diabetes after her own son’s diagnosis with the condition.

Sarah Hitchings, from Yate, spotted the symptoms in her son Joshua.  She said: “He was very moody, which was unlike Joshua and he started to lose some weight, was very lethargic and extremely thirsty.” 

“I have no idea why or where I knew that Joshua had Type 1 Diabetes, but somewhere stored in my mind I had remembered it. I have to say that I am very thankful that I knew, and we were quick to visit the doctor, who told us to go straight to hospital.”

“It was a pretty upsetting time for us all but 9 months down the line, the doctors are extremely pleased with Joshua, who has been truly inspirational and taken it all in his stride.  It seems to be quite a common illness now and I really wanted to make people more aware of the symptoms especially if it saves someone's life.”

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease which can be life threatening.

Sarah recently raised over £500 by taking part in a 400,000 step challenge which had to be completed in 40 days. Joshua completed his own 2.5km fun run, raising £190.  The money has been donated to JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.