Wigtown girls raise money for cause close to hearts

1st Wigtown Guide unit are showing their support for the most recent campaign by the Rotary Club of Newton Stewart to help raise £150,000 to fund Insulin Pump Therapy for children in Dumfries & Galloway living with Type 1 Diabetes.

There are currently around 80 children in the region living with Type 1 Diabetes, and almost 1,000 people in total, with 30,000 people across Scotland affected by the life-long condition which causes an individual’s blood sugar levels to become too high. Diabetes cannot currently be cured but treatment aims to regularise blood sugar levels so that patients can live normally and reduce the risk of additional health problems developing in later life.

Traditional treatments see patients inject themselves with insulin, often several times throughout the day – for children especially, this often means a lack of independence and reliance on a parent to help them. Insulin Pump Therapy completely changes a child’s life, enabling them to go on school trips and sleepovers without a parent, and to eat like every other child through the use of a small device which constantly pumps insulin into the bloodstream at a rate they can control.

Insulin Pump Therapy is almost five times more expensive than the traditional treatment in year 1, with the highest cost being the pump itself and the Rotary Club of Newton Stewart strongly believe that all children should have the opportunity to lead a normal life and so have launched their campaign to ensure that is possible for children here in Dumfries & Galloway.

It’s a cause close to the hearts of members of 1st Wigtown Guide unit with one of our own girls – 12 year-old Kirsty – benefiting from an insulin pump. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was just four years old, Kirsty endured five years of multiple injections a day until she received her pump.

Kirsty said: “I have had my pink insulin pump for three years now. Wow! My pump has changed my life. I have been to lots of sleepovers, I went with my class for a week to Kingswood, and best of all, no more injections! I still have to be able to work out how many carbohydrates are in my food but I can eat what I want, when I want, just like my friends.”

To support the campaign, the Guides will hold a car boot sale this weekend (Saturday 14 May from 11am–3pm) at Wigtown Primary School. You can book a car by contacting Guide Leader Anne Barclay on 07834693420 or by emailing wigtownguides@hotmail.co.uk. Entry is free to members of the public, though any donations on the gate would be welcome. Donations of items for the Guides to sell would also be appreciated.