Coronation Street storyline on type 1 diabetes helped by DRWF
Statement from Story Producers at Coronation Street: “By working closely with the research team here at Coronation Street, we have been able to shine a light on type 1 diabetes, a common but often underrepresented condition. Summer's struggles from diagnosis to finally learning how to manage her diabetes has been a huge part of Coronation Street over the past year, and it is a familiar story to many in the real world.
“The team at Coronation Street are grateful to our charity partners including DRWF for their expertise in depicting diabetes as they helped us shape Summer's journey, giving the audience an insight into the challenges the condition can create, along with the help that's available to manage type 1 diabetes. Continuing drama is a unique vehicle that enables us to tell dramatic stories and raise awareness of issues that many people face on a day-to-day basis.”
Sarah Tutton, DRWF Chief Executive, said: “General awareness around diabetes has grown significantly in past years. However, there is still a lack of understanding of how a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes impacts daily life, in comparison to type 2, for many people.
“Having the support of a charity that works in this area enables us to ensure that the information imparted through story lines is accurate and challenges any pre or misconceptions about the reality of living with a long-term condition.
“It is a conversation starter and a great way to ensure that there is onward referral to a recognised organisation that can provide appropriate support to members of the public.”
Picture: Summer Spellman, played by Harriet Bibby has been learning to manage her recently diagnosed type 1 diabetes, with some advice from DRWF
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