Dad's feeling blue... for a good cause
THE father of a boy with type one diabetes has pulled on a bright blue skintight suit to raise money for research into the condition.
Jonathan Rees wanted to support JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) after his son Osian was diagnosed three years ago.
When he saw that the charity was working with a firm that sold bright blue "morph suits" he decided to come up with a competition. Mr Rees had his photograph taken wearing the skintight suit at locations around the city for a competition, where people are encouraged to "spot the morph" for the chance to win a holiday or an iPod.
Type one diabetes occurs when the body's immune system attacks the cells that produce insulin. When the body cannot produce its own insulin it can lead to increased blood glucose levels. There is currently no cure for diabetes but it can be managed with medication.
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Osian, of Redland, was showing typical symptoms of drinking vast quantities of fluids and went to the GP where they checked his blood sugar levels.
After his son was diagnosed with type one diabetes, the family was put in touch with JDRF who sent an information pack, including a toy bear to practise giving insulin injections.
The charity is also dedicated to funding research into type one diabetes specifically and the family has been involved with its fundraising walks in the past.
"JDRF is also heavily involved in trying to raise public awareness of type one because it is quite invisible," said Mr Rees, who runs a company.
"I fancied having a bit of a laugh to raise money for this great cause. I think the rest of the family is rather embarrassed of me traipsing around Bristol in a blue morph suit.
"There were certain people where I went in and asked if I could be photographed there and they asked if I was sure I wanted to – but once you put that suit on and your head is covered no one knows who you are."
The competition closes tomorrow. For more information visit www.wheresmorph.co.uk.