A MOTHER-OF-TWO who suffers from diabetes has had her life transformed thanks to pioneering new technology and the hard work of her sister.
Jenny Yearsley, from Kingsley Walk, Winsford, suffers with severe hypoglycaemic attacks which can cause 'blackouts' and can be potentially life-threatening within minutes.
Jenny, who has two young children, was always worried about falling ill with no adults nearby - until she discovered groundbreaking technology being developed by Weaver Vale Housing Trust. The technology can be used and installed in anyone's home and alerts the Trust's Careline control centre if the person experiences difficulties, such as a fall or illness.
Sensors were installed in Jenny's home, on The Grange Estate, so that if she slipped into a coma, a Weaver Vale Housing Trust Careline assistant would be immediately alerted.
Jenny has been delighted to regain her independence - and members of her family have been fundraising to ensure other diabetics get the chance to use the technology.
Her younger sister Becky Yearsley, aged 15, a former Winsford Carnival queen, helped raise £800 to allow six diabetics to receive the technology.
Becky announced her fundraising achievements at Winsford's Carnival last week, when she retired.
The sisters' mum, Marion Yearsley, from Sycamore Avenue, Winsford, said: 'We are so lucky this technology has been researched and developed on our doorstep.
'It is amazing and has given Jenny her independence back again - which is fantastic for her and her own children.
'We would like to thank Weaver Vale Housing Trust's Careline team for everything they have done to help.'
Lena Dewsbury, the manager who has helped develop the technology, said: 'This technology has the potential to dramatically change the way vulnerable people live their lives.
'It has been rewarding for me, as I am a diabetic myself and could understand the difficulties Jenny was experiencing.'