Grateful for the support

I am writing to thank Peter Bottomley MP for publicly supporting our 4 Ts campaign, which aims to highlight the main signs and symptoms of 1 diabetes: Toilet, Thirsty, Tired and Thinner.

The reason we are campaigning on this is that nine out of 10 parents are unable to correctly identify frequent urinating, excessive thirst, extreme tiredness, and unexplained weight loss as the main symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.

This is one of the reasons why a quarter of children with Type 1 diabetes are only diagnosed once they are already seriously ill with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life threatening condition that needs immediate treatment in hospital.

It is only by raising awareness of the symptoms that we can bring this situation to an end, and this is why I am delighted Peter Bottomley MP has added his voice to the campaign by signing an Early Day Motion on this subject.

I look forward to working closely with him to ensure children with diabetes in Worthing and across the country get the care and support they need.

Readers can find out more about the 4 Ts campaign at

Jill Steaton

South-east regional manager,

Diabetes UK