Bud­ding film-mak­ers can raise aware­ness

Di­a­betes char­ity launches school com­pe­ti­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A CHAR­ITY is urg­ing schools and pupils in Bucks to take part in a short film com­pe­ti­tion to help raise aware­ness of a dis­ease and help im­prove care in schools for chil­dren living with the con­di­tion.

Di­a­betes UK’s Di­a­betes in School Short Film Com­pe­ti­tion is open to all pupils aged 11 to 17 in Buck­ing­hamshire who are in­vited to sub­mit a film, of no more than three min­utes long, shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences of life with di­a­betes at school.

For stu­dents to take part in the com­pe­ti­tion they will need their school’s per­mis­sion to film on their premises, and then they can en­ter with some friends, or on their own. There are two cat­e­gories that pupils can sub­mit a film for, best in­di­vid­ual film, or best group film which is limited to no more than six peo­ple.

The film en­tries will be judged by an ex­pert panel, which in­cludes film actress Eli­nor Craw­ley who starred in the Bri­tish film Sub­ma­rine (2011) and has Type 1 di­a­betes. In ad­di­tion to this, the public will be in­vited to pick their favourite film, which will win the ac­co­lade of ‘fan favourite.’

Di­a­betes UK South East re­gional manager Jill Steaton said: “Di­a­betes is a se­ri­ous con­di­tion and we un­der­stand that some schools may have con­cerns about how they can best sup­port chil­dren and young peo­ple with Type 1 di­a­betes, which is why we’ve cre­ated free re­sources for schools and par­ents to help them to get the right care in place and cre­ated this com­pe­ti­tion to get schools talk­ing about di­a­betes.

“Get­ting in­volved in the com­pe­ti­tion is re­ally easy. You don’t need to have Type 1 di­a­betes to take part, stu­dents just need to make sure their schools have given them per­mis­sion. We’re re­ally ex­cited about see­ing what the schools and stu­dents in Buck­ing­hamshire are able to come up with.”

Short­listed en­trants and the win­ner of the fan favourite cat­e­gory will be in­vited to a spe­cial awards cer­e­mony held at the at BAFTA 195 Pic­cadilly pri­vate mem­bers club in cen­tral Lon­don on De­cem­ber 12 where the win­ning films will be screened and the com­pe­ti­tion win­ners will

FILM: Actress Eli­nor Craw­ley be an­nounced. Win­ners will re­ceive prizes for them­selves and their school. All of the films sub­mit­ted will be avail­able to view on Di­a­betes UK’s YouTube chan­nel.

The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is Novem­ber 16. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.di­a­betes.org.uk/ short-film-com­pe­ti­tion. FOR­MER stu­dents are hav­ing a re­u­nion 30 years af­ter they left their school class­room.

The co­hort who left Che­sham Bois Church of Eng­land School in 1985 will be hold­ing a re­u­nion to re­unite old class­mates this Satur­day, June 13.

Old stu­dents are com­ing from as far afield as Australia and Egypt.

Or­gan­iser of the re­u­nion, Nick Wayth, said: “It’s the first time many of us have seen each other for nearly 30 years and I think most of us have very fond mem­o­ries of our time at the school, so we’re look­ing for­ward to rem­i­nisc­ing over some of the things we all got up to back then.

“We’ve man­aged to connect with over half the class, but if any oth­ers see the ar­ti­cle they are very wel­come to join us. We’d also love to see mem­bers of staff from that era if they are still in the area.”

There will be a school tour at 4pm, fol­lowed by a pub catch up at the Kings Arms in Old Amer­sham.

You can email nick. wayth@gmail.com if you would like to join or call 07768 558812.

WAY BACK WHEN: For­mer pupils are or­gan­is­ing a re­u­nion for Che­sham Bois School

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