One of our avid supporters, Shelley Bennett, took the time out of her busy schedule running a brilliant diabetes support group that originated in Kent, South East England, to run a fundraiser for The Pendsey Trust. We are delighted to have her speak about this as one of our feature posts!
“I first became aware of The Pendsey Trust last year, and in January this year the lovely Lucy and Catherine visited ‘Rant Room’ which is a regular event I run for my 18-30’s diabetes support/ social group called Circle D.
“After learning all about The Pendsey Trust and the fab work the charity does, I left feeling emotional and really wanting to help those particularly who have little or no access to insulin in other countries – something we are lucky to be able to take for granted in the UK. I can’t even imagine how awful it must be to die from type one diabetes due to not being able to afford/access something simple like insulin.
“So on the 25th July 2014 I ran ‘office drinks’ at my work in London. I sold wine, beer, cider, soft drinks as well as the special ‘Pendsey Pimms’ and a few snacks. I managed to raise £179.02 in total and I had lots of fun serving colleagues drinks and adding cocktail umbrellas to their Pimms! I have been told that this donation will pay for 4 children to be able to go to school for a year – which will help them to secure jobs and therefore money to be able to afford insulin – which is brilliant 🙂 .
I hope sharing my story of fundraising for The Pensdey Trust motivates others people with diabetes to help those less fortunate than us by getting involved – and of course people without ‘the D’ too!
Big thanks to The Pendsey Trust for being so amazing!
Shelley B, Circle D
A massive thank you to Shelley, her colleagues at the fundraiser and all those at Circle D.