Coffee morning to support India diabetes charity

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A couple who support a diabetes charity in India are holding a bring and buy coffee morning on Saturday (October 20).

Allan and Mary Hayes are holding the event at Henlow Methodist Church from 9.30am onwards.

The couple, who live in Henlow will be raising money for The Dream Trust, a charity which gives free insulin to children with diabetes in India.

Mary and Allan will also be visiting Nagpur in India to give useful gifts to children there who are diabetic.

Mary said: “The children have diabetes and cannot survive without insulin.

“Before the trust was set up many families could not afford to buy insulin and children, particularly the girls would die.”

This changed when Doctor Sharad Pendsey, a diabetes consultant set up the charity to supply as many children with insulin as he could.

Mary has had diabetes herself for more than 30 years and is a lead nurse for diabetes at Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

The couple first visited India back in 1999 to see the work Dr Pendsey was carrying out and will be spending four days in the country next month.

Mary added: “It is really important that when you start treating a child with insulin that you do not stop.

“It is also vital that the children do well at school and find employment so that as adults they have a chance of becoming independent and buying their own insulin.

“This frees up funds to sponsor another child.”

The couple will also be supporting Dr Pendsey’s scheme to provide bicycles for children in remote areas so it is easier for them to attend school.

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