Over the summer holidays I volunteered to be a Youth Leader at the annual Type 1 Diabetes Youth Camp. This is a four day, three night camp for young diabetics aged 9-12 and was something I looked forward to every year when I was that age. It’s a great chance for the kids to meet people who are dealing with the same life-changing disease as themselves. As a Youth Leader, I supervised the children in their activities, took part in the activities with them and was there to chat with them and give advice. The main job of a Youth Leader is to show the younger children that having diabetes does not have to limit you in life in any way. When I was younger I always looked up to my Youth Leaders and admired them, valuing any advice they had. Being able to give back and provide the same experience that I received, whether they’ve had diabetes their entire lives or were diagnosed only 6 weeks before the camp, was an absolute privilege.
Madeleine is pictured above with another Leader before going on an activity and below with all of the Youth Leaders, Leaders, nurses and a couple of doctors.