Local teenager becomes the face of new diabetes awareness campaign

Archie Norris SUS-160217-090934001
Archie Norris SUS-160217-090934001

A Bexhill boy who has Type 1 diabetes is one of the faces for a new campaign, which sees people living with the condition sharing their advice with others who have been affected.

Archie Norris (17), was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 12. He had many of the classic symptoms and had lost a lot of weight and had started to drink lots of water.

Archie will be seen in TV and print adverts for the campaign - 100 things I wish I’d known about diabetes - which is also being promoted through on TV, online and in print ads.

The campaign has been launched by the charity Diabetes UK.

New figures released show 700 people a day are diagnosed with diabetes in the UK - that’s one person every two minutes. The charity has enlisted the support of people with diabetes to share great tips and handy hints across every aspect of life with the condition.

Archie’s dad, Simon said: “Many people actually know very little about diabetes know someone with the condition. This book goes some way to help people to understand what daily life is like for someone with the condition and includes some really useful tips, many that you would never know. I wish we had this book when our son was first diagnosed.

“The tip in the book that we found useful was that you could take an extra bag for medication when travelling abroad. It is important to support the campaign, to try to raise awareness.”

To order a free copy of the book, call Diabetes UK on 0800 035 5626 or visit www.diabetes.org.uk/100things.

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