Last week Paula Carr Trustee Ros Debling was invited to Highworth School Ashford to accept a cheque for £1,912.24. The money was raised by members of the school’s Kiri Te Kanawa community who held non-uniform days, cake and sweet sales, sponsored events including most recently a Teletubbies obstacle course! Taking place on the school field, the event featured two brave students who dressed up in fat suits to help raise money.
Ros told how the Paula Carr Diabetes Trust was set up and the reason it was named after Paula Carr, the 12 year old Ashford schoolgirl who fell into a diabetic coma in 1988. She also spoke about the retinal eye screening service and how it started in 1994 when it screened 2,500 people in Kent living with diabetes and how, in 2018, the service will screen 105,000 people. Attending with Ros was Sharon Oliver who talked about what it was like being the mother of a child with Type 1 diabetes and how The Paula Carr Diabetes Trust had helped her get through some difficult times.
The Paula Carr Trustees are extremely grateful to the pupils of the Kiri Te Kanawa community at Highworth for choosing them as the recipient for their fundraising throughout this academic year.