Derry Diabetes support group set to host ‘Dander for Diabetes’ to raise awareness

The T1 Club, a local Derry independent group that provides vital support to children and young people with diabetes and their families, is organizing an awareness walk next week in Brooke Park.

The event, which will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. at Brooke Park. is the “Dander for Diabetes” awareness walk to celebrate Diabetes Week (June 13-19), followed by a family celebration with entertainment at the Leisure Centre.

The group is currently already wrapping up its “10,000 steps for 10 days” fundraising challenge to raise vital funds for the group in preparation for the big awareness event.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to their support services and events for youth and their families.

The T1 Club, established in 2019, is run by parents to help support other families and young people with type 1 diabetes in the area.

Edelle Irwin, one of the group’s founders, said: “The T1 Club is Northern Ireland’s first independent children’s diabetes group.

“The group helps young people, children and toddlers from the age of one to learn to live with T1 diabetes.

“In addition to a WhatsApp group for parents and a very active Facebook and Twitter page, the group organizes events for young people to attend in the North West.

“The group is based in Derry, but families come from all over the North West and Donegal to come to their monthly meetings, children’s activities and larger awareness events.

“We are a group of parents from Derry trying to bring about real change for young people with diabetes and their families.”

Everyone is welcome to take part in the ‘Dander for Diabetes’ event and full details of the event and the group can be accessed via their website:

You can also find information about the band via their Facebook page: and Twitter page: @T1club

Type 1 diabetes causes the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood to get too high.

It happens when your body can’t produce enough of a hormone called insulin, which controls blood sugar.

You need to take insulin every day to control your blood sugar.

Managing type 1 diabetes can take some getting used to and is not related to age or overweight; these things are linked to type 2 diabetes.


Virginia S. Braud