Wickham girl urges MP to raise awareness of new law

Megan Horn with mum Helen
Megan Horn with mum Helen
Children from Little People's Nursery with patients at QA Hospital  Picture: Habibur Rahman

Children spend afternoon with QA Hospital patients

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AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD girl has called on her MP to improve care in school for children with Type 1 diabetes.

Megan Horn, from Wickham, travelled to Westminster with her mum Helen to meet MP George Hollingbery, as part of a reception held by charity Diabetes UK.

Megan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes three years ago and has been helping Diabetes UK with a campaign to raise awareness of a new law, which means schools are legally required to provide support to children with medical conditions.

The new law comes into effect in September and means that schools have to make sure they have individual healthcare plans and medical policies in place.

They will have to commit to working with parents and healthcare professionals.

Megan and Helen urged Mr Hollingbery to write to schools to make them aware of the rules so that no child misses out.

Helen said: ‘As a parent of a child with Type 1 diabetes I know how difficult it can be to feel confident that the school is looking after your child properly. If children don’t get the care they need it can lead to serious problems with their health and it can also really affect their confidence and self-esteem.’

‘I urge schools to fully implement the new rules as it can make a huge difference to a child’s life.’

Free information packs are available from the charity online at diabetes.org.uk