A FUND-RAISING drive by two Newport mums in aid of diabetes charities has raised almost £3,500.

Vicki Allcock and Vicki Daunter organised a charity night at the city’s Ferns Club, in Lliswerry, for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) - which backs research into Type One diabetes in the young - and for the Gwent Diabetes Children’s Charity Fund.

The pair became friends after Mrs Daunter’s son, Joshua, now six, and Mrs Allcock’s daughter, Olivia, now four, were diagnosed with Type One diabetes, aged just 14 months and two years and eight months respectively.

Both required spells in high-dependency care as they were so ill by the time they were diagnosed, and Mrs Allcock and Mrs Daunter wanted to boost awareness of Type One diabetes in children, and raise money for the charities.

“It was a brilliant night, and we want to thank everyone who supported us, particularly the entertainers who gave up their time for us, Robb Dee, Tanya Taylor, Ruby Parfitt, DJ Dave Bayley and compere Kieron May,” said Mrs Allcock.

The total raised was £3,491.60.