We had an induction meeting where we met other parents, and the children could meet each other too. This was invaluable for steadying nerves and Dominic made friends with another diabetic boy – the first he’d met. It was so good for Dominic to feel “normal” again and to be able to talk about blood test monitors and diabetic kit with someone his own age (as well as football). I was relieved to meet the rest of the team who were all so positive and extremely capable. On the day of the trip with passport safe, thermals packed and medication sorted, we left Dominic in good hands at Manchester Airport where they spent a night in the hotel before flying out. Brenda (his diabetic nurse) was with him and my husband and I could relax. Over the following few days, we watched the photos on Facebook upload and knew he would be having a great time.
Dominic certainly benefited enormously from his trip. However, I think we, as parents, also realised that we could let go a little. Yes, he has a condition and yes, it needs to be monitored, but we aren’t the only ones who can look after him. Thank you Northern Lights from the bottom of our hearts.
I have worked on mainstream British television for 25 years and during that time have covered the work of many charities. I have travelled abroad to witness the work of several of these charities and spent many hours involved with their activities domestically here in the UK. At times, I am humbled and inspired by everything they achieve. There is one standout charity however that has moved me more than all others, brought me to tears and reminded me more than anything else why I wanted to become a doctor myself in the first place and that charity is Northern Lights.Dr. Hilary
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