A DINAS Cross schoolgirl has been recognised for her inspirational fundraising for Diabetes UK Cymru, in memory of her big brother.

Ysgol Bro Ingli pupil, Mari Haf Davies, lost her big brother Liam in October 2016 as a result of a life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). 21-year-old Liam was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at just two years old.

Liam's family raised thousands in his memory after his death. Mari then decided she wanted to organise her own event.

The nine-year-old wrote to schools across Pembrokeshire, asking them to take part in a non-uniform day on World Diabetes Day. Four schools across the county took part, including Ysgol Bro Ingli and Liam's former junior school Ysgol Glannau Gwaun in Fishguard, raising more than £700 for Diabetes UK Cymru.

This impressive total, as well as Mari's commitment to raising awareness of the seriousness of Type 1 diabetes, saw Mari win the Young Person's Outstanding Contribution Award at the Inspire Awards.

Mari was the youngest winner at Diabetes UK Cymru's annual awards which recognise the achievements of the charity's dedicated volunteers across the country, who raise awareness and funds to support the 191,000 people across Wales living with diabetes.

Mari was presented with her award by Kath Abrahams, Diabetes UK's director of engagement and fundraising, and paediatric diabetes consultant Dr Justin Warner, in front of her proud parents and sister Amy.

Liam's mother, Shirley Jones, said:

"After Liam passed away we did quite a bit of fundraising for Diabetes UK Cymru as a family, raising nearly £7000 and then Mari decided she wanted to organise her own event. She decided on a "go blue" day for World Diabetes Day last November. It was a very important day to us as it was the 20th anniversary of Liam's diagnosis and only two months since he had died.

"Thanks to Mari's hard work the event raised more than £707. We were so proud of her for wanting to do something to support other families like ours.

"We were surprised and delighted when we found out Mari had been nominated for the award and totally shocked when she won it. We just want Liam to be remembered and everything we do is in his memory."

Dai Williams, National Director, Diabetes UK Cymru said, "Hundreds of committed volunteers like Mari give their time each year to help us provide care and support, and raise awareness of diabetes in local communities all over Wales. Our Inspire Awards are an opportunity to recognise the vital role they play, and thank them for going the extra mile for us.

"There were some very strong nominees in this category, but our judging panel praised her creative approach and commitment to raise awareness, as well as funds. Her efforts are sure to inspire others, as well as create a great legacy for Liam. Congratulations Mari, and thank you!"

For more information about volunteering for Diabetes UK Cymru, contact 02920 668276 or wales@diabetes.org.uk, or visitwww.diabetes.org.uk/in_your_area/wales/get-involved/volunteering-opportunities.