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May 2015 Newsletter

JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2015 - Sunday June 14th

We have been extremely fortunate to be chosen as one of 3 local charities to benefit from The JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2015, and are thankful to David Martin-Jewell and Nick Francis for nominating Candy Free Kids.   

Our runners for The Candy Free Kids team are Paula Murphy, Lizzie Dobson and Joanne Howells from Phillips, Green and Murphy Solicitors. Sara Gwynn a student at Swansea Met and Andrew Charles Maths teacher in Olchfa Comprehensive School.  Andrew also ran the London marathon in aid of Candy Free Kids and finished in a fantastic time of 3 hours, 5 minutes and 58 seconds, very well done.

For the big day on Sunday 14th June, we need volunteers help man the cheering station and the gazebo in the runners village for Candy Free Kids. We will be doing a bucket collection so need lots of helpers, we will also be running a Smash the Malteaser Game, tombola and face painting.  We will also be cheering, and encouraging all the runners on the route. Let me know if you can help, so I can add you to the list of volunteers – the more the merrier, we are looking to raise lots of money and also make lots of noise to encourage our team of runners and all the other runners.  We have a prime spot at the top of Princess Way so will be able to see the runners starting and finishing.  Please let us know by 28th May if you can help us out on the day, by e-mail or text Clare 07867 507256, Sarah 07925 851826, Tina 07944 702356 or Gaynor 07773 888630

Candy Free Kids Web Site

We now have a web site up and running -

Does anyone have any photos of Candy Free Kids activities or events that we can use on the Web Site? To show our achievements, and make it interesting with photos of our activities or events, like the discos, bucket collection, donation photos and the like? If you do can you email them to please. Thanking you in anticipation. 

Twitter  We have a twitter account; don't forget to follow us..... @candyfreekids

Important - Exams

If you are in Years 10, 11, 12 or 13 and due to sit exams this year, remember to get a letter from your Consultant or DSN confirming you are Type 1 and send it into your schools Examination Officer so they can register you for special consideration and you may be entitled to an extra 25% time per exam so allow for any Hyper/Hypos you may experience before or during the exam.


If you have any news to share with us let us know by e-mail or on Face book or Twitter and we can add it to the web site too.  Don’t forget to like us on Face book and follow us on twitter and keep checking the web site for any news or events.

Candy Free Kids was nominated by Amie Phillips (Diabetes UK Cymru) for an Inspire Award with Diabetes UK Cymru, all 4 nominations were sent to a voting panel in England to be assessed and at The Diabetes UK Cymru Volunteers Conference in Cardiff it was announced that we won, and were presented with the award.

What’s coming up...  dates for your diary....


Wednesday June 10th Circus Starr 4.45pm and 7.00pm performances – At the Lacrosse Field in Singleton Park, if you want free tickets for you and your family please TEXT Tina on 07944 702356 by 28th May to reserve your tickets to see this amazing acrobatic circus.  A number of us were lucky to be able to go last year, and were thoroughly entertained by their acrobatics and clowns.  For more information have a look at  


Sunday June 14th - JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2015, looking forward to seeing as many of you there that can possibly come.


Friday July 3rd – (hopefully 6pm) 10 Pin Bowling and meal as a thank you to all those Type 1’s who volunteered to help us at the Swansea Half Marathon and a great opportunity to meet up with the Type 1 friends you made.  In order that we can book sufficient lanes and meals, please let us know if you are able to come, contact details below.


Saturday July 11th – Family day out in Pembrey, where we will issue you with tickets for you can have a go on the skiing, and tobogganing.  Save the date and keep checking Face book and the web site for confirmation of the details of where and what time to meet. Bring along a disposable BBQ and food or a picnic and we will all have a chance to have a chat and some games after the activities.  Please let us know if you are coming so we can book sufficient places, contact details below.


July/August A visit to The Wave Radio Station on a Thursday in the school holidays at 11.00am.  When a date has been confirmed it will be announced on Face book and the Web site, numbers are restricted to 10 people being allowed into the studios, so will be on a first come basis.


September 19th – From 10.00am Bag pack in ASDA Gorseinon, again save the date, and details to be published on Face book and our Web site when finalised.


September 24th 6.30pm Meeting to arrange future events, open invitation to parents to come along with suggestions and ideas and to get some dates booked.  Meet at Western Residence Community Centre, by staff car park opposite Singleton Hospital.   Further details are to be published on Face book and our Web site when finalised.




We raise funds so that you have the opportunity to go on a activity residential weekend without your family, to be able to enjoy yourselves, make new Type 1 friends and be no different from anyone else.  The Diabetic Team from the hospital will be there to look after you.  We are planning to alternate the activity weekends to hold them for the Primary School age (7 – 11 years) one year and the following year for the older age group of 12 – 16 years.  So you all get a chance to take part.


We have been very fortunate to have a donation from the lovely staff and pupils at Ysgol Crug Glas in Dyfatty; they did a collection instead of sending Christmas cards and gave the money to us in memory of their friend and colleague Jayne Holmes. We went along for the donation presentation in January.


We also received a donation of £200 from ADSA, where the shoppers used their green tokens to choose which charity to benefit, and we won by a large margin. We went along for the cheque presentation in February.



We are after a storage cupboard - with a lock on if possible or failing that the provision to fit a padlock on. We need to store our things in one place and we can put the cupboard in the Western Residential Centre at Singleton so it has to be in decent condition. If you work in an office and they are having a sort out and have a spare storage cupboard can you bag it for us? Or if you have any friends or family that can find or donate a cupboard we would be very grateful, many thanks.


Best Wishes from Gaynor (Secretary), Claire (Chairperson),

Sarah (Vice-Chair) and Tina (Treasurer).


Clare 07867 507256, Sarah 07925 851826, Tina 07944 702356 or Gaynor 07773 888630