Mum’s diabetes leap

PUBLISHED: 12:17 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:17 22 March 2013

Elle Welch and her son Phoenix, who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes type 1.

Elle Welch and her son Phoenix, who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes type 1.


Awliscombe mum to carry out sky dive to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes.

An Awliscombe mum will be taking to the skies to raise awareness of type one diabetes after her son’s life was changed forever by the condition.

Elle Welch will be doing a skydive in Dunkeswell on Saturday, March 30, to raise money for SnackPack in Exeter – a group set up to support children with diabetes and their families.

The 32-year-old’s son Phoenix was recently taken to hospital and diagnosed with the condition, which is often referred to as juvenile diabetes, and will be dependent on insulin for the rest of his life.

Type one diabetes is an auto-immune disease that permanently destroys cells in the pancreas so the body cannot produce insulin.

“It has totally changed his life,” says Elle. “Previously he had the life of an eight-year-old, playing football three times a week, and doing street dance and taekwondo, and now he has to measure his blood sugar levels and has to have insulin injections.”

Prior to being hospitalised, Phoenix was experiencing a number of symptoms, including above-average thirst, feeling lethargic, and needing to urinate regularly, which are associated with the condition. He was also having headaches.

Phoenix and his family have been getting plenty of support from family and friends. His classmates at Awliscombe C of E Primary School have been learning about diabetes for a science project.

Elle said: “It has had a massive emotional impact on the family, but everyone is glad he is alive and well.

“I just want to shout out about type one diabetes – it is there. People will talk about cancer and heart attacks and have a great idea of the symptoms, but unless you know about type one diabetes there really isn’t any knowledge of it.”

So far Elle has raised £400 and is aiming to raise £1,000 for SnackPack. She hopes her experience will help make other parents aware of the condition and the symptoms.

For more information on how to sponsor Elle email

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