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Teen takes her plea to Parliament

Lydia Parkhurst, 17, of Hill House School, has been chosen to speak at the Type 1 Parliament, where she will talk about type 1 diabetes, which she has, and ask the government to give mor emoney for research to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Picture: Andrew Roe

Lydia Parkhurst, 17, of Hill House School, has been chosen to speak at the Type 1 Parliament, where she will talk about type 1 diabetes, which she has, and ask the government to give mor emoney for research to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Picture: Andrew Roe

A diabetic teenager is to play a key role in lobbying for extra cash to help find a cure for the condition.

Lydia Parkhurst, will speak about her experiences of living with type one diabetes in Parliament.

The 17-year-old, of Loxley Mount, Campsall, was diagnosed with the condition when she was 12, after she almost fell into a diabetic coma.

She said: “I realised I was loosing a lot of weight and I was incredibly thirsty all the time.

“Every night I would drink four litres of water and every morning I would be as tired as I was before I went to bed.”

The Hill House School pupil was diagnosed after a series of tests and now campaigns for the charity, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Lydia, who has to inject herself with insulin, will speak on the charity’s behalf at a Type One Parliament in the House of Commons this spring.

She added: “I’m nervous but excited because I know it will make a big difference if we can talk to MPs.

“We are trying to encourage as many politicians as we can to invest money into finding a cure for diabetes.”

All the JDRF reprsentatives will present MPs with a scrapbook of their experience of diabetes.

 

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