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Donna Ebanks has worked for the college for 16 years as a nursery practitioner! She is also an advocate for Beats4Diabetes , which is an organisation dedicated to raising awareness on diabetes. 

Beats4Diabetes aims to encourage people to look after themselves, look out for the signs that could indicate possible pre signs of diabetes, as well as, having good mental health. Last year we had a music event where DJs came together and played music for 24 hours nonstop and the event was very successful.

We have a Facebook page where people have shared their stories and experiences with the condition.

I am very passionate about raising awareness for diabetes because of my grandson K who was diagnosed with Type 1 at the young age of two. Never in my wildest dreams did I think babies could have diabetes, but the signs were there and it is important to seek medical attention at the earliest opportunity. Please see the NHS Diabetes page to pick up the signs.

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I remember when the doctor asked me what my understanding of Diabetes was. I said “it is when you have large amounts of sugar”. The doctor replied "no, it’s actually when the pancreas doesn’t work well or at all.”

There are many misconceptions and I want to do as much as possible to further educate people about this disease. Diabetes does not discriminate and strikes regardless of age, race or sex.

On the 10th July 2021, I will be doing a fundraiser zip line at Hanglosse in Bluewater even though heights are not my strongest point!  It is England’s longest and fastest zip line. I am doing this for my grandson and all the other warriors out there!

To find out more about diabetes, visit any of the links below.

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/

Thank you for taking the time out to read my story!

Donna Ebanks 

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