Maisy gives up sweets and raises £1,200 for charity

KIND: Maisy Dickinson in her Halloween costume. She gave up her gifts for charity
KIND: Maisy Dickinson in her Halloween costume. She gave up her gifts for charity
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A little girl with diabetes has donated her sweets to raise more than £1,200 for good causes.

Four-year-old Maisy Dickson, from Morecambe, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes shortly before Halloween and couldn’t eat the sweets she’d been given by friends and family.

So Maisy, dad Chris and mum Sharon came up with a ‘guess the number of sweets in the jar’ online competition and asked people to pledge money to take part.

Half the money raised will go to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary children’s ward and the other half will set up a local group for families living with diabetes.

Maisy, who must have five insulin injections a day to control her blood sugar levels, had only just started at Great Wood school, Bare, Morecambe, when she was diagnosed.

“We just noticed a change in her in a couple of days,” said Chris.

“She was drinking a lot more and very irritable.

“We knew nothing about diabetes.

“We’ve been learning about how to give insulin and how much to give her.

“She can still have a sweet or a piece of chocolate cake but it’s all in moderation.

“For a four-year-old, it’s quite a change. And she hates needles.

“We knew she wouldn’t be able to eat all the sweets she got for Halloween so we thought we’d use them to raise money.

“The support we’ve had is fantastic.”

More than £1,000 was raised in just 24 hours after Maisy’s online page went live.

You can take part in Maisy’s sweet competition here https://www.gofundme.com/438vq8nk