Youngster lobbies MPs on diabetes

SPIRITED Emma Bailey
SPIRITED Emma Bailey
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PLUCKY young Emma Bailey travelled to Westminster to lobby MPs to spend more on diabetes research.

The 10-year-old has Type 1 diabetes and was chosen to represent the charity JDRF at the Houses of Parliament.

And, in a move supported by JDRF, Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced a British-Israeli research partnership that would help tackle the disease.

Emma was one of 60 adults and children who live with diabetes selected from across the country to represent their constituencies.

The condition is chronic and challenging.

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.

Emma, from Leigh Park, met with Havant MP David Willetts to explain the impact it has on people’s lives.

She said: ‘I loved talking to him about how living with diabetes affects my life and I asked him to put more money into finding a cure.’

She added ‘I loved being able to tell people what it is like living with Type 1 diabetes and why I want a cure.’