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School's award for caring for diabetic students

PUBLISHED: 15:10 10 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:10 10 July 2019

Type 1 diabetic Lewis Wakefield with teacher Colin Bye, who works with Lewis day-to-day PICTURE: Fakenham Academy

Type 1 diabetic Lewis Wakefield with teacher Colin Bye, who works with Lewis day-to-day PICTURE: Fakenham Academy

Fakenham Academy

Fakenham Academy has won an award for care for diabetic students.

Lewis Wakefield has attended Fakenham Academy for two years. Parents Lisa and Gary Wakefield nominated the school for the reassurance it gives in helping Lewis.

Their nomination said: "It is difficult to single out the best thing that the school does for us and Lewis. As parents of a Type 1 child, often the most challenging thing is to not let diabetes take over all of our lives and to worry about it 24-7.

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"Lewis goes to school knowing that he will receive the back-up and support he needs, and that everyone 'gets' what his condition means. We know we do not need to worry."

Mr Colin Bye, head of humanities, social sciences, PE and MFL Faculty, said "I'm proud of our ongoing work. I work closely with Lewis on a day-to-day basis, supporting him with the management of his blood sugar levels.

"I do not want diabetes to be a barrier to learning, in and out of the classroom. The management of Type 1 is a learning process, and as with any learning it is about students becoming increasingly independent but still having support when it is needed."

In August, Jacqui Waring, assistant head at Fakenham Academy, will be walking 70 miles across the Lake District, raising money through sponsorship to support Diabetes UK. Sponsorship details can be obtained from the school.

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