In January of 2015 we tragically lost our beloved 13 year-old grandson, Peter Baldwin, to Type 1 diabetes that had been undetected until it was too late to save him. Peter was a well loved and highly respected pupil at Whitchurch High School where he is greatly missed but for his family the hurt is unimaginable.
Our daughter Beth was recently presented with an award from The Pride of Britain for her fundraising efforts and for raising awareness of this terrible illness but with your help, and that of your friends and family we can really make a difference.
Please spare a couple of minutes to sign our petition to raise the profile of the need to check for Type 1 Diabetes in anyone presented to a health care professional with unexplained flu-like symptoms or general feeling of being unwell. The test involved is merely a finger prick or urine sample and takes less time than you have spent reading this paragraph; it also only costs pennies. It is our intention to make this test as routine within GP surgeries and clinics as temperature and blood pressure checks are presently.
Your signature on this petition really could help save lives and prevent further terrible loss within families.
The ideal standard would be for screening of all youngsters in order to catch this stealthy condition in the early stages. Many parts of the world are seeing the benefit of this screening and are now introducing it, the most recent being North Carolina in the USA. In the UK, where we are so fortunate to have the NHS covering the whole nation the change in profile would be easier to introduce and would actually save the NHS money. Below is a link to the North Carolina implementation.
Our Member of Parliament, Craig Williams MP, has promised his backing and support and with your help in gathering signatures we may be able to put pressure on Parliament to see this through as a Private Members Bill.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AND SHARE IT FAR AND WIDE
(now give yourself a pat on the back, you may have saved a child's life)