A fantastic camping trip to Hastings for Kent families living with diabetes has been a great success this summer. The holiday was organised by Sharon Oliver, whose daughter Keira has Type 1 Diabetes, and was supported by the Paula Carr Diabetes Trust.

Using social media Sharon learned that many families in Kent living with Type 1 Diabetes experience isolation but are worried that taking a break will upset the daily regime of managing the condition. Throughout the week families were able to come and go as they pleased to enjoy the Hastings attractions, including a visit to RBE Trampolines who offered discounted tickets to the youngsters on the camp.

The week was rounded off with a theatre visit to see Grease at The White Rock Theatre. With tickets and ice creams funded by the Paula Carr Diabetes Trust, and show programmes for each family donated by the theatre, the 34 people attending the show had a great time.

Ros Debling, a Paula Carr Trustee, visited the camp and went along to the show. She said: “Sharon took on an enormous challenge to arrange this holiday. It was fabulous to see all the children playing together and going off on adventures around the camp site, while parents could sit and relax, discussing their lives, their experiences of living with Type 1 Diabetes and giving each other help and guidance. There is talk of another ‘Diabetics go Camping’ expedition in 2019, once Sharon has recovered!”