When Holly Traynor was asked what she would like to do for her sixth birthday, she said she wanted to walk the length of Thamesdown Drive to raise money for Swindon Children with Insulin Dependent Diabetes (SCWIDD).
Holly is used to walking long distances and it’s the way her diabetes was discovered said her mum Charley. “We moved from the town centre to Redhouse last year and Holly had to go to Haydon Wick Primary. We walked two miles to school each morning and then the same in the afternoon.
“After a couple of months she became very tired and we couldn’t understand why; I was even reported to the education department because Holly was missing school because she was exhausted.”
Charley said diabetes was the unexpected explanation as there was no history in the family. “The diagnosis was a complete shock and meant a total lifestyle change as Holly now has to inject insulin twice a day to maintain the right blood sugar levels. But she’s been brilliant; we’re amazed how accepting she has been of her situation.”
Charley, and Holly’s dad Mark took a novel approach to explain why she had to have the life saving treatment. “We told Holly that she was just too sweet and she needs the injections to stop her falling asleep like the sleeping beauty. Now she tells everybody that’s she too sweet.”
After an appeal to Swindon Council Holly was allowed to transfer to Red Oaks Primary School close to her home.
The Thamesdown Drive trek takes place on Tuesday 4 November and Holly will be joined by 12 year old Kane Chilcott from Penhill who was diagnosed with diabetes on the same day.
Other families who would like to take part are welcome. To join in or offer sponsorship call Charley Traynor on 0791 737 1227.