Diabetic teenager is invited to Bafta Awards

Wednesday 2nd December 2015 3:00 pm
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A TEENAGER from Hindhead has been invited to attend the BAFTA Award Ceremony, in London, next month, after a film she produced and appeared in was shortlisted as a top individual entry to the Diabetes in School Short Film competition.

Fifteen-year-old Abigail Brittain, who goes to Bohunt School, in Liphook, decided to make the film with her cousin Hannah after she contracted the chronic condition type one diabetes and became insulin dependant.

Her father Mark said: “She has to frequently test her blood sugar levels and has to prescribe and inject insulin to compensate every time she eats.

“Failure to do so would result in Abbi’s health deteriorating rapidly.”

Diabetes UK launched a competition to create a short film to increase the awareness of the effect of diabetes in schools, earlier this year.

And as a regular dance and drama performer, Abagail jumped at the chance to appear in the film, ‘Make the Grade.’ Since contracting the condition in July, Abigail has been campaigning to increase the awareness of diabetes in the community.

She has become a Young Ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“There is a lot misconception about type one diabetes”, said Abigail (right).

“Many misassociate it, and assume that poor diet has caused the condition.

“At this moment in time, there is nothing you can do to avoid contracting type one and unless there is an advance in medical research all sufferers will be insulin dependent for the rest of their lives.”

As well being judged by the BAFTA panel, people can also vote for the film via a link on Youtube.

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