Being a previous member of Whitchurch High School, it didn’t take long for the news that Peter Baldwin had passed away to spread around the school. I didn’t know him personally, but I knew of him. He died from undiagnosed type 1 diabetes at only age 13. The death of a loved one isn’t something people like to talk about, but I feel like in cases like these, it’s important to spread awareness, which is exactly what his family and friends have been doing.
For those who don’t know, type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin. It can occur at any age and means that the amount of glucose in a person’s body, is too high and can cause damage to major organs. It cannot be cured and it is very important that it is diagnosed as early as possible because if diagnosed, you can receive treatment to keep your blood glucose levels normal.
I wanted to write this post to try and spread even more awareness to others, as diabetes is a common condition, and needs to be recognised and diagnosed.
In remembrance of Peter, his family have set up a Facebook page which you can see here – https://www.facebook.com/Remembranceofpeterbaldwin.
They also have a Just Giving page to raise money and are helping the charity ‘Diabetes UK’. They have raised over £23,000, which is an amazing amount of money that can help so many people. If you want to donate, or even just have a look, you can find the page here – https://www.justgiving.com/remember/160222/Peter-Baldwin.
‘Don’t take time for granted. It’s limited. Try to take in the best from every moment.’ Rest in peace Peter. x