Swaffham disco evening boosts support for child diabetes patients

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An 80s and 90s themed disco, held in aid of the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation, sold out in three days in Swaffham.

One hundred tickets were quickly snapped up and the dancing went on until late on Saturday, with music provided free by Luke and Ross Discos.

And the evening, held in the recently opened Stanley’s private function room in Lynn Road, owned by the nearby Horse and Groom public house and donated free to the cause, turned into a colourful fancy-dress affair.

Most people think of diabetes as an adult disease so it was a shock when Stephanie Cooper’s son, Lewis, was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic a year ago at the age of eight.

When a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with the same disease at a similar age she decided to do something more than just support her son.

The result was support for a charity that is funding research to cure, treat and prevent the type one disease whilst in the meantime providing help for families with diabetic children.

“I’m so pleased so many people turned up to support us,” she said.

She was also delighted and grateful for the response of local businesses who donated over 50 prizes for a raffle.

She added: “I’m hoping the evening with raise around £2,000 for the charity.”

Diabetes is an autoimmune disease like Multiple Sclerosis and occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s insulin-producing cells.

Insulin is used by the body to manage the sugar levels in the blood by converting the sugar into energy.

More information can be obtained online at jdrf.org.uk.