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Theft puts diabetic girl’s holiday at risk
SCHOOLGIRL Holly Traynor’s holiday was left in jeopardy after her handbag and diabetic blood monitor were snatched as she tried on shoes in a Swindon retail park on Sunday.
The 10-year-old was out shopping with her grandmother and cousin in the New Look store, at Orbital Shopping Park, on Sunday at 2pm when her bag was stolen while her back was turned.
The device taken in the theft automatically manages the amount of insulin Holly needs throughout the day to counteract her Type One diabetes.
Without it, the family’s impending holiday to Gran Canaria was under threat, though manufacturers Roche have hastily arranged for a replacement to be shipped to her.
The bag also contained a dose of fast-acting sugar and can of coke in case of hypoglycaemic attacks, a spare insulin pen pouch, a £10 book voucher and a purse containing 30p. The theft left Holly shocked and close to suffering a hypo attack.
Her mother, Charlotte Traynor, 28, of Birkdale Close, had to act quickly following a mad dash from her partner’s parents’ house near Blunsdon.
Charlotte said: “What do they think that a 10-year-old is going to have in her purse?
“She had a little, tiny purse and enough money in there to buy a Freddo the Frog – no good to any adult.
“I don’t understand the mindset of somebody who steals from a child.
“They’re clearly not going to have wads of cash.”
New Look is investigating the store’s CCTV, although Charlotte said she was told a refit of the shop may have left the incident off-camera.
Holly is more than 18 months into a four-year trial set up by the NHS to use the blood glucose monitor and has found its introduction to her routine, life-changing.
Before taking on the machine, which calculates how much insulin Holly needs and pumps the correct amount into her leg through a canula, the Red Oaks school pupil was forced to take at least five injections every day.
“She has told me it makes her feel like a normal child,” said Charlotte.
“It gives her much more freedom to go to her friends’ houses overnight.
“Her friends’ parents obviously couldn’t inject her themselves, but now she can administer the insulin herself there are few boundaries to what she can do.”
Holly’s eight-year-old brother suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and has special needs, which combined with her diabetes, forced her mother to quit her job several years ago to handle each child’s treatment.
Charlotte returned to work, but an ovarian cyst rupture forced her out of work once again, and now she looks after her children in a full-time capacity, while husband Mark, 29, works.
Anyone with information on this incident should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The family are offering a reward of £50 in exchange for the recovered monitor.
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