Mums turn the page for diabetes

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TWO mums turned authors are to host a reading session as part of their campaign to raise awareness of diabetes in children.

Emma Dillon and Emma Netherwood met after their tots were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and were inspired to help other families by creating what is thought to be the UK’s first story book about the illness.

The mums will visit Leeds children’s activity centre the Rainbow Factory on Monday to read from their book Ivy and Iver Take on Type 1.

Hazel Merlino, managing director of the centre, which aims to inspire a love of reading, said: “We are so excited about this new book and the positive impact it will have on youngsters with diabetes by normalising their condition.

“We hope lots of families will grab the opportunity to be among the first in the country to get their hands on a copy and to meet the dedicated duo behind it.

“This event is not just aimed at families living with diabetes, it’s a chance for children, and their parents and carers, to get up close and personal with real-life authors and by doing so, really see books come to life - which is what we are all about.”

The mums, from Stockport, want to explain the extra daily challenges their youngsters face through the book, which is also raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The event takes place during National Diabetes Awareness Month and it is hoped the book will provide comfort to families affected, as well as helping all children to understand more about it.

Copies will be sent to specialist child diabetes units and schools around the country. The event takes place on Monday, November 23, at the Rainbow Factory in Farsley, Leeds.

The event runs from 11.15am to 12.15pm.