The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity are looking for a sponsor to expand their boxing sessions for youngsters with diabetes.

Recognising the profound positive impacts of physical activity on children managing diabetes, the charity partnered with Unity Boxing Centre to offer sessions for youngsters cared for by the Children and Young People’s Diabetes Team at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

The tailored sessions are designed to enhance mental health, instil resilience and offer a safe space for participants to connect with other young people dealing with diabetes.

Rebecca Davis, a Paediatric Diabetes Family Support Worker at the trust who spearheaded the project, said: “We know from working with hundreds of youngsters every year that their physical and mental health is directly linked to how well they cope with diabetes.

“We fund some incredible things at the charity and this is a great example of how the money you donate can have a powerful impact on the young patients we care for.”

“The feedback from the first sessions has been so enthusiastic. Some of the youngsters won’t have met another child with diabetes before so it’s a great opportunity to meet peers who know what they’re going through. But, at these sessions, their diabetes doesn’t matter – it’s about having fun and showing that diabetes doesn’t need to hold you back.

“The team at Unity Boxing are so community orientated – it’s the perfect partnership and we’d love to have a sponsor so we can continue the sessions in future.”

The Children and Young People’s Diabetes Team currently cares for 126 children aged 0-19 years old and a programme of six 45-minute sessions at Unity Boxing Centre costs £660 for up to 10 children.

Rachael Dawes, Head of Fundraising at the trust, said: “We fund some incredible things at the charity and this is a great example of how the money you donate can have a powerful impact on the young patients we care for.

“We’d love to continue to fund the boxing sessions for other youngsters to benefit from again in future. We can’t do that without your generosity and hope that a local business or community group will help sponsor them.”

To find out more about the work of the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity and find out how you can become a sponsor, click here.