A family tragedy has spurred Burnley mum Sharon Bullas to become an ambassador to combat diabetes.
It is just over a year ago that Sharon lost her 19-year-old son James after complications from the illness, and now her bosses at the Tesco Extra store in Burnley have asked her to lead its “Big Blue Bash” for World Diabetes Day on Friday.
“Diabetes is something nearly everyone has heard of, but there is a lot of confusion about,” said Sharon, who has worked at the store for 11 years.
“James had Type 1 and that affects children and teenagers. Type 2 affects older people, mainly people carrying extra weight, and it can bring on blindness or even lead to losing limbs.
“Lots of families are touched by diabetes, so we thought the best way to get a health message across was to combine it with a bit of fun.
“The actual world day is on Friday, but we will be carrying on all weekend.
“As well as providing free diabetes health checks and advice on how to avoid it we’re having a blue-themed fancy dress to echo the diabetes colours, with face painting for customers and children.
We’ll have collection buckets for anyone who wants to make a contribution and gingerbread men decorating in exchange for a donation for Diabetes UK.”
Sharon’s colleagues are also rallying round behind the cause, paying £1 per vote to nominate a manager they want to have “gunged”.