Jane and Julie ran the marathon for diabetes

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LOCAL women Jane Mitchell and Julie Annandale continued their fund-raising efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) by running in the London marathon on Sunday.

So far, the pair, who are part of the Taykids support group, have raised over £7,500 for JDRF.

Taykids is a support group for parents of children who have Type One Diabetes and was founded when joint secretary Margaret Ferries’ daughter, Ellie, developed diabetes four years ago. Although Margaret found the paediatric diabetes service to be excellent there was no support group in place as such.

She said: “As parents we recognised that the support of others in the same situation was invaluable and, about a year ago, several parents got together and Taykids was formed.”

Last year Taykids had a very successful picnic at Monikie and this year there are more events planned.

The first of the events will be held on Saturday (April 23) from 10.30am to 12 noon in Seminar Rooms A and B at Ninewells Hospital. Here Jane Mitchell, who has had Type One Diabetes since she was a toddler, will share some of her experiences to the group.

Jane now uses an insulin pump which has allowed her to maintain near perfect blood sugar levels during her rigorous training regime. Diabetes never goes away and affects every part of a child and their family members’ lives.

Carbohydrate counting is an important part of daily calculation and the paediatric dietician will also be present on Saturday to provide a practical session.

If you live in Tayside and are interested please go along. You can obtain further contact details from your local diabetes nurse or on the Taykids website.

If you would like to donate to Jane and Julie and add to their already fantastic amount of £7,588 please go to www.justgiving.com/JaneandJulie