In October 2018, Ruby aged 7, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It was a massive shock to Ruby and her family as they had no family history of diabetes and no awareness of what it meant. Type 1 diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition where a person’s blood glucose level is too high because the body can’t make a hormone called insulin.
This diagnosis really changed Ruby’s life forever and she found it very difficult to understand and cope with. Before Ruby’s diagnosis she was able to eat whatever she wanted whereas now Ruby’s mum, Vicky must count every carbohydrate, take blood tests and inject insulin. There can be times of the day when Ruby’s sugar levels drop dangerously low and also rise extremely high so this needs to monitored very carefully.
Ruby’s VIP Experiences
Ruby has been lucky enough to be invited to two Box4Kids events! At the Trust we understand the children have battles to face everyday with their diagnosis, so are highly deserving of more than one Box4Kids experience.
In 2018 not long after her diagnosis, Ruby was nominated by her nurse at West Suffolk Hospital to attend Disney On Ice at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham to help cheer her up. Guests enjoyed the incredible live show from the comfort of a VIP box with plenty of snacks and refreshments. Ruby’s mum Vicky said ‘We both felt very spoilt, Ruby has never experienced anything like this before. It was really nice to see the children having the best time and I enjoyed having a chat and getting to know the other parents.’
The following year in 2019 Ruby and her mum were invited to attend the Carnival Family Fun Day at Newmarket Racecourse. Mum Vicky said, ‘Ruby had never been to the races before, she loved every minute!’
The guests were invited to watch the races from a VIP executive box complete with private outside decking. A delicious buffet and refreshments were also served throughout the afternoon. Not only did they watch all the racing action from the box’s prime location, they were visited by Bob Champion, an English former jump jockey who won the Grand National in 1981. He took Ruby and all our guests down to the parade ring to see the horses up close!
Our hosts on the day, Neville and Mary Thrower who are very good friends of Barrie commented that ‘it was one of the most successful events we have been involved in.’
Vicky said, ‘we were treated so well and really looked after by all the staff. Without Box4Kids and The Jockey Club we would never get to experience something like this, Box4Kids is such a great cause and we are so grateful we got to attend two events, thank you’.
Here at the Trust we appreciate every single box donation, as it enables us to provide memorable VIP experiences for deserving children like Ruby. If you are a box holder and have any events where your box isn’t being used then please donate it to the Trust, so that we can help make children like Ruby smile when life isn’t easy.