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Phil

Phil

Name: Phil Harrison
Age: 23
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Sandwich, Kent
Campaign: To raise awareness of diabetes and how to control it

I was diagnosed with diabetes 8 years ago. I’d started losing weight, was tired and was always feeling thirsty.

 

Every day I have to check my blood count regularly and I inject insulin before I have a meal - maybe five times a day - and at night.

 

When you have type 1 diabetes it’s important your blood sugar doesn’t drop too low as you can fall into a coma.

 

But, while diabetes needs to be taken seriously, it is controllable.

 

With the help of Fixers, I want to raise awareness of diabetes.

 

I hope to get the message across to young people, who have recently been diagnosed, that it doesn’t have to be a life sentence.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Dan White
Ryan Clarke
Dan Marsh
Matthew Reynolds
Aldous Hosking

Youth Social Action Fund
My Fixers project is supported by the Cabinet Office’s Youth Social Action Fund.

As part of the Cabinet Office initiative ‘Step Up to Serve’, which is spearheaded by HRH the Prince of Wales, Fixers is working in partnership with the Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF) to offer the Fixer experience specifically to young people aged between 16 and 20 in Birmingham and parts of Kent.

 

The Phoenix Centre
The team at the Phoenix Centre support my Fix. Parts of my broadcast piece were filmed at the centre.

 

Freedom Leisure Centre
Staff at the leisure centre are backing my project. They allowed the Fixers team to film scenes for my broadcast piece at the centre.

 

NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Claire Martin, Diabetes Project Manager for the East Kent Federation of CCGs, has supported my Fix. She offered advice in the lead up to filming for my broadcast piece and helped me make other vital contacts. She’s also keen to work with us to try and get more young men with diabetes engaged in this project.

 

Young Balancers
The Young Balancers charity have supported my Fix by offering advice.

 

Dr Neil Martin, Paula Carr Diabetes Centre

Dr Martin, Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in diabetes at the centre, is backing my project. He was interviewed for my broadcast piece and offered advice to me afterwards.

 

Diabetes UK
The charity have been supportive of my Fix. Their press team helped with research for the project and put me in touch with another young person with type 1 diabetes who featured in my broadcast piece.

 

David Norris
Thanks to David, who also has type 1 diabetes. He has supported my project by taking part in a focus group.

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