Helping diabetes is name of game

Field View Care Home activity co-ordinator Janice Hardy (left) with resident Lyn Coldwell (2nd right) and her family members (left to right) Eve, Maddison and Simon English after she presented them with �50 from a charity event held at the home in aid of Diabetes UK. Picture by FRANK REID
Field View Care Home activity co-ordinator Janice Hardy (left) with resident Lyn Coldwell (2nd right) and her family members (left to right) Eve, Maddison and Simon English after she presented them with �50 from a charity event held at the home in aid of Diabetes UK. Picture by FRANK REID

A CARE home raised money for a local charity that is close to the heart of one of its residents.

Field View Care Home resident Lyn Coldwell, aged 91, held a Guess the Name of the Teddy Competition in aid of a local diabetes family support group.

Mrs Coldwell’s great granddaughter Madison English, five, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of three.

Her mum Becci English helps to run a diabetes support group for families affected by the condition.

Staff and residents at Field View in Blackhall Colliery raised £50 which will help the work of the group.

Mrs Coldwell’s daughter Eve English said: “People at Field View know Madison as she goes to visit her great-grandma.

“The home also raises money for charities other than the home itself including Macmillan Cancer so they reach out into the community.

“We as a family would like to thank the Field View, we are very grateful for their support.”

Madison’s family were supported by a family group in the North West after Madison was diagnosed.

So when her parents moved to the North East they decided to set up a similar group to support families in the Durham area.

It is run by Madison’s mum Becci English and friend Joanne Mason, who has a son with Type 1 diabetes.

Fundraising events have provided money for children’s parties and also for diabetes research through Diabetes UK.

For more information, contact Becci English on 07539 060036 or email: dukfamily@outlook.com.