Martham, 18, travels to Botswana for diabetes

12:01 a.m. July 1, 2022

12:41 1 July 2022

When Ellie Johnson, 18, contracted type 1 diabetes three years ago, she said it was “a really big change” in her life.

Now, along with 10 other local young people living with the disease, Miss Johnson, from Martham, near Great Yarmouth, will embark on a trip to Botswana to help educate, care for and support other young people with diabetes in the African country.

Ellie Johnson (centre) will travel to Botswana with 10 other young people with type 1 diabetes at Easter 2023.
– Credit: Provided

The two-week trip, scheduled for Easter 2023 and organized by the East of England Botswana Diabetes Partnership Project, will see Miss Johnson based at an education camp, where she and other volunteers will take part in community projects.

Miss Johnson will give a presentation to over 100 people about the impact of the disease on her life.

Miss Johnson said: “This trip means a lot to me as it allows me to meet other young people with my condition.

“It’s an opportunity for me and other people to know that it’s normal to live with type 1.”

So far Miss Johnson has managed to raise over £2,000 of her £3,000 target for the project.

For more information or to donate, visit Ellie’s JustGiving page.

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