Earlier this year, Emily’s mother spoke to Aspirations Academies Trust and the Dorset Echo about the care her daughter received and how much it meant to the family.
Her words are recounted below:
Mrs Rebello-Tindall told the Dorset Echo: ‘’From the moment Emily was diagnosed two years ago, the school has been endlessly supportive. Type one diabetes is caused by an over active immune system and it can be extremely serious. Emily’s blood sugar can drop within minutes and without quick action she could pass out into a coma. The staff save her life every day.
‘’I know other parents in identical situations to me who have not found schools their children attend to be as supportive which is such a shame.
‘’At Bovington Academy, from the moment Emily was diagnosed, they’ve adapted to her needs and ensured whole-school training for staff and guidance for Emily’s year group, to ensure she receives the support and care that she needs.
‘’From school trips to canteen food and keeping a constant, watchful eye on Emily and her blood sugar levels, nothing has been too much trouble. The school has been proactive and flexible at every turn.’’
Although the nomination was for the whole school, Mrs Rebello-Tindall also highlighted the one-to-one support Emily received from Teaching Assistant Collette Porter.
She said: ‘’Having Collette there to support Emily has just been incredible. Without Collette, Emily would not be able to attend school. Collette is a constant source of support for Emily who relies on her 100% and Emily knows that she can do that and is able to ask for Collette’s help.
”Collette has even been known to run alongside Emily during PE sessions carrying her medical bag just in case she needs it! Collette has also been encouraging Emily to be independent and make her own decisions. Collette is simply wonderful.’’
The Good Diabetes Care in School Award was launched by charity Diabetes UK in 2018.
Open to primary and secondary schools, the aim of the award is to celebrate the schools that work with parents and healthcare professionals to ensure children with diabetes have as easy an experience as possible.
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