FOR a group of youngsters undergoing constant medical treatment, time spent outside is crucial.

That is what makes an annual camp at Fairthorne Manor YMCA , organised by the paediatric diabetes team at Basingstoke hospital supported by The Hampshire Paediatric Diabetes Group, so crucial.

This year, 24 children with Type 1 diabetes, relying on up 40 injections a week, continual blood testing and insulin pump, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, have been given the break thanks to groups across north Hampshire.

With their own fundraising efforts and the support of the Basingstoke and Deane Mayor's Community Chest, The Basing Lodge Freemasons and Tom Langton Charity Fund the children under the care of Winchester and Basingstoke hospitals got to try out an array of activities at the camp earlier this month.

Kayaking, water slides, climbing towers, an enormous pirate ship obstacle course, archery and football matches kept the children busy from sunrise to sunset.

The camp has been run annually since 1990.

Those interested in supporting or being involved with the initiative in the future, go to