The paediatric diabetes team at East Surrey Hospital, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH), laid on a picnic and learning event for young patients, recently diagnosed with diabetes, and their families.
Summer showers didn’t spoil the fun and the event planned to take place at Tilgate Park was held at Broadfield Community Centre, Crawley. The afternoon of fun included, educational games, with sessions about the physical and mental health benefits of exercise and family bingo for discussions around the management of and living with chronic conditions and sports activities arranged by the Crawley Black Belt Academy.
Organised by the SASH paediatric diabetes team, the summer picnic was an opportunity for young patients to build a valuable network of peer support with others living with diabetes. The team currently look after approximately 240 children and young people living with diabetes in Surrey and Sussex up to the age of 19 years of age.
One parent said: “It was a lovely event and great to see the children all playing together and so happy.”
Maria Padfield, paediatric diabetes clinical nurse specialist at SASH said: “For a child, being diagnosed with diabetes can often be confusing and frightening and events like these are important for our young patients to get the right support and advice about the care they need. This is the second time we have held this event, we are very pleased with the success and look forward to welcoming children and their families next year.”