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Garage sale in Wortham inspired by teen’s battle with diabetes

16:00 09 October 2012

Sarah Young with her daughter Madeleine who are holding a Big Sale and Jumble at Wortham Village Hall to raise money for charities including EACH, East Anglian Air Ambulance and  the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation after Madeleine was diagnosed with diabetes. Photograph Simon Parker

Sarah Young with her daughter Madeleine who are holding a Big Sale and Jumble at Wortham Village Hall to raise money for charities including EACH, East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation after Madeleine was diagnosed with diabetes. Photograph Simon Parker

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A teenager with diabetes is one of the inspirations behind a multi-family “garage sale” in aid of charity, with items on offer ranging from “the usual to the bizarre”.

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Madeleine Young, 14, from Wortham, has been coping with the condition since she was diagnosed early last year and so mum Sarah and dad Matthew decided to clear out their clutter in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Mrs Young said: “The JDRF is close to our hearts as our daughter has type 1, and research needs to be done to find a cure for it.”

She said that Madeleine was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in February 2011 but probably had the condition before then.

“It was a huge shock, particularly as we’re a needle-phobic family. It’s hard for her – she has to inject herself five or six times a day – but she’s coped very well,” she added.

They are being joined by seven other families in the Diss area and beyond – including Dickleburgh, Gasthorpe, Bury and Felixstowe – who are holding the garage and jumble sale at Wortham Village Hall on Saturday, October 20, from 10am to 1pm. Other charities they are supporting include East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and the air ambulance.

Mrs Young said: “It came about because we were all moaning about how much stuff we had and coming into autumn and not wanting to do a car boot outside in the cold and wet. So we decided to get together and hold a garage sale in the village hall.

“We’ve all cleared out our houses and got the usual things like books, clothes, toys, records and garden tools, and bizarre things like a woodburning stove, mobility equipment, a fire and even a boat.”

Entry is 20p. For further details, visit http://worthamgaragesaleandjumble.yolasite.com

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