Local MP Tessa Munt met 10-year-old Mimi in Westminster on 11 March to discuss the impact of type 1 diabetes on people’s lives at a Parliamentary event.
Mimi Astle from Cheddar was chosen to attend this special event called ‘Type 1 Parliament’ by JDRF – the global type 1 diabetes charity. She was one of sixty adults and children who live with the condition to be selected from across the country to represent their area.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic and challenging condition. The exact cause is unclear, but it is not linked to lifestyle or diet. A child diagnosed with it at the age of five faces up to 19,000 insulin injections and 50,000 finger prick tests by the time they are 18.
The condition affects 400,000 people in the UK – equivalent to more than 600 people in every constituency – and incidence is growing rapidly, particularly in those under five years old.
“Type 1 Parliament is a fantastic event, highlighting the true impact of type 1 diabetes upon those that live with it, their families, and the country as a whole. Mimi is a fantastic ambassador for those living with the condition in my patch and I will push the Government to address how research into this condition can be better supported.”
Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF, said:
“Thank you to Tessa for attending the event making it such a resounding success. The incidence of type 1 diabetes is going up and so is the cost – but UK Government spending on type 1 diabetes research is falling. Thankfully, more people are now uniting on this issue and we can be hopeful of achieving significant change.”