Lucy Owens fun day raises £3,700 in Hartlepool

Diabetes UK fundraising manager Louise Simonian(second left) with Julie Ridden, Grace Owens, Jonathan Owens, Lucy Owens, Vikki Owens, Violet Owens, Lorraine Pedersen and Nicola Fleet.

Diabetes UK fundraising manager Louise Simonian(second left) with Julie Ridden, Grace Owens, Jonathan Owens, Lucy Owens, Vikki Owens, Violet Owens, Lorraine Pedersen and Nicola Fleet.

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ADORABLE and brave Lucy Owens who was the youngest person in the North-East for 20 years to be diagnosed with diabetes inspired a family fun day which raised £3,700 for charity.

Lucy’s loving parents Vikki, 27, and Jonathan, 28, say Diabetes UK “means the world” to them and praised the support they have received from the charity since Lucy was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was just eight-months old.

And they expressed their thanks to the charity by handing over all of the money that was raised at an action-packed fundraising event featuring live bands, activities for kids and raffles and auctions earlier this year.

Vikki, who is also a mum of Grace, six, and four-year-old Violet, said: “We didn’t have a target of how much we wanted to raise, but we didn’t expect to get anywhere near as much as we did.

“We are just so grateful to everyone who came along and helped to raise the money.”

The Mail previously told how devastated Vikki and Jonathan kept a bedside vigil alongside Lucy as she slipped in and out of a coma after the diagnosis.

Thankfully Lucy, who is now one, recovered and was fitted with an insulin pump which she will have to wear for the rest of her life unless she later opts for injections to treat the diabetes.

Vikki said Lucy is now “up and down” and said the youngster hasn’t been too well over the last couple of weeks but her full family are focused on helping her to get stronger by the year as she gets older.

Vikki and Jonathan, an electrician at Hartlepool Power Station, have thanked the medics who saved Lucy’s life and now they are pleased to have showed their appreciation to Diabetes UK as well.

Vikki, who lives with the family in Ripon Close, in the town, said: “Obviously now we realise about the fantastic work Diabetes UK does, it means the world to us and has done since Lucy’s diagnosis.

“We just wanted to say thanks and show our support for the charity.”