ELLA MARSDEN, BCAv
Ella was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 9, a condition which is chronic, lifelong, life threating and often mis-understood. Ella has become a passionate ambassador for the charity Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which supports those living with the condition and funds research into new treatments.
A confident speaker from an early age, Ella hosts awareness speeches and assemblies, visiting businesses and community groups to help people understand the condition. She teamed up with medical research groups and even held a local patient information clinic from her home.
In November 2017 Ella launched the first Annual JDRF Northern Ball with an attendance of over 450 guests – the event raised over £25,000. The 2018 JDRF Ball in the North raised a further £20,000 bringing her fundraising total to over £50,000. Ella was the first child at her local hospital to use a wireless insulin pump and then a wireless attached glucose monitor.
To raise awareness of these technologies and help normalise them, she created a portfolio of ‘in use’ photographs of the devices helping her manage her condition, which was shared across social media helping other children to see Ella attached to these important life saving devices.
Nominated by: Debbie Marsden