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Brave Holywell toddler inspires host of fundraising events

Published date: 24 July 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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AN ADORABLE three-year-old girl who needs daily injections for her diabetes has inspired a number of fundraising events.

Ellie May Hodges, from Lloc, near Holywell, was diagnosed with type one diabetes more than a year ago and her family has spoken to the Leader about the impact her condition has had on their lives.

Her mother, Georgina, says her daughter has to have numerous injections every day and she faces the constant challenge of controlling her blood sugar levels.

But she also revealed how overwhelmed they had been by the efforts of people in the community and beyond to help raise money for the charity which helps support her “brave little girl”.

“It has taken over everything,” said Mrs Hodges, 32.

“Ellie May needs to have five injections in her thighs each day.

“She does cry and tell me it hurts. It can be a nightmare.

“When her levels are wrong she can become aggressive, start sweating and get disorientated.

“But I get so overwhelmed and excited by the support we have received to help us to raise money for Diabetes UK.”

Mrs Hodges said since Ellie May’s shock diagnosis her husband, Jason, 42, an agricultural contractor, has had to turn work away while Ellie May has contracted viruses due to the diabetes.

The couple also have two other children, five-year-old Megan and 10-year-old Stephen, who has additional learning needs.

The family received a boost recently with news that funding has been approved by Flintshire Council to continue the support Ellie May receives at nursery from a one-to-one member of staff trained to deal with her children with type one diabetes.

Having spent time at the nursery at Ysgol Gwenfordd, Ellie May is now preparing to move to the reception class and Mrs Hodges said the support will be invaluable.

“We are so pleased,” she said.

“Zara Williams has been fantastic with her and they have formed a strong bond so we are very happy it will continue.”

The family has also been heartened by the fundraising efforts of the community ahead of Ellie May’s Diabetes UK fundraising event on August 23.

Gorsedd Road will be closed for an afternoon of fun at the Druid Inn, including pony riding, a bouncy castle, stalls and bingo from 12 noon.

“People have been lovely about it – fantastic.

“They have helped us organise this and have offered so much.”

In other fundraising events, 20 girls from Holywell Swimming Club, where Ellie May is a member, are swimming three miles on Friday in support of Diabetes UK after being inspired by the youngster’s courage.

A trio of cyclists will also ride from Rhyl to Chester Racecourse on August 1 to boost funds even further.

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