YOUNGSTERS STEP UP TO THE MARK FOR CHARITY

A DROMORE Central Primary School pupil who suffers from Type One diabetes was among those to receive medals at the weekend after completing a sponsored walk in Banbridge's Solitude Park.

Young Cameron Stewart handed out balloons to participants in Saturday's event before completing the walk with mum Jill and Dad Charles, each of whom received their own medals. Also completing the walk and picking up their rewards were Dromore Councillor Carol Black, her daughter Vicky and Vicky's new puppy.

Dromore High School pupil Vicky herself suffers from Type One diabetes, but doesn't let it hold her back.

Said mum Carol, "Last week she attended an athletics competition in Bangor and achieved second in the high jump with an amazing jump of over 1.25m.

"Vicky says it just goes to prove that diabetes does not affect your life if treated and monitored properly."

thanks

Meanwhile, on behalf of Diabetes UK (Northern Ireland) Cameron's mum Jill thanked Banbridge District Council, for supporting the event, Councillor Black, for all her help, event sponsors and especially everyone who gave money.

Councillor Black added her own thanks.

"Thanks to everyone who turned up for the walk and who very kindly donated a lot of money to Diabetes UK (NI)," she said. "A total will be calculated later this week and a cheque presented to the charity.

""Diabetes is on the increaseand this money will help with the vital research that the team need to find a cure.

"Also, thanks to everyone who sponsored me in the walk and who said I would never do it without my high heels; pay up, I did it."

Jill and Carol hope to launch a Dromore Branch of Diabetes UK; anyone who would like to help is asked to please get in touch on 028 9269 2214.