ABOUT 200 people attended a fundraising afternoon that a seven-year-old boy with Type 1 diabetes organised for Diabetes UK.

Benjamin Clapp and his parents, Jodie and Nathan, arranged the family fun day at Hambridge village hall to support Diabetes UK’s search for a cure for the condition.

The event, which included refreshments, a craft sale, tombola, raffle and cake sale, has already raised about £1,300.

Benjamin was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes shortly before his third birthday after he suddenly became very thirsty and had to go to the toilet frequently. These symptoms, as well as being very tired and quickly losing weight, are typical of the condition.

Mum Jodie said the fundraising day had been great fun and extremely worthwhile. “It was a fantastic afternoon attended by hundreds of people,” she said.

“Arranging this fundraising event was Benjamin’s idea. He has been struggling recently with his diabetes, particularly over how it makes him feel different from his friends, so he decided to do something positive by raising money for Diabetes UK.

“We are so proud of him and so pleased with the success of the event. We were stunned by how many people came.”

Benjamin receives insulin through a pump which is worn all day to infuse insulin into the body and replaces injections.

He said: “I want to raise money to support Diabetes UK and research into cures and treatments as I don’t want other children to go through what I go through everyday.”

Diabetes UK is one of the biggest funders of diabetes research in the UK. Money raised helps the charity fund research into the cause of the condition and how to prevent it, improve care and treatment, and find a cure. Well-wishers can contribute to Benjamin’s fundraising at www.just|giving.com/Benjamin-Clapp