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Pembrokeshire girl knits to raise money for diabetes charity

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A 10-year-old girl from Wales is one year into a knitting marathon in order to raise diabetes funding for charity.

Freya Rands launched the mission in memory of her cousin who sadly died after falling ill with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

Liam Jones was aged 20 months when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He lost his life in 2016 aged 21.

Determined to keep his memory alive, Freya started knitting hats, scarves, mittens and headbands.

The youngster, from Fishguard in Pembrokeshire, sells the items for between £2-5 to raise money for Diabetes UK Cymru.

Freya said: “I’ve sold lots of knitted goodies so far and I have to knit really fast now because people keep buying them. I love being able to donate money to Diabetes UK Cymru and it makes me happy that I am doing this for Liam.”

Freya takes either an hour or up to two days to complete one item. She sells her knitted goods at her parent’s fish and chip shop in West Street in Fishguard.

Diabetes UK Cymru’s Fundraising Manager Joseph Cuff said: “We’re so grateful to Freya for the time and effort she has taken to knit her goodies, helping us to raise funds and awareness that will help others living with diabetes in Wales, and their families. It’s inspiring to see someone so young making such a great effort to celebrate her cousin’s life and we wish Freya the best of luck with her fundraising.

“Every penny raised will help us to support the millions of people living with diabetes in the UK so please pop in and help Freya to reach her fundraising goal by buying one of her knitted treats.”

DKA is a dangerous complication of diabetes where the body starts to run out of insulin. If not treated DKA it can be life-threatening.



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