Innocent Eyes

Fathers of Children with Type 1 Diabetes – Raising Money for JDRF

Innocent Eyes, My Life and I Am the Hero; The Singles Describing Life With Type 1

** NEW song now available to download!!! Money raised will be donated to JDRF **

‘I Am the Hero’ is sung by star of ITV’s The Voice: Kids, Phoebe Maddison. Composed by Phoebe, Lesley Day and Alex Foster, with lyrics by Steve Paxton, it inspires children with type 1 diabetes to not let the condition hold them back.

You can buy the song from  The minimum cost is £2 (plus 40p VAT), but you can pay more if you wish. When you have paid, the download screen will appear. You don’t have to sign up to a fan account, just click the link in the bottom right hand corner.

Thank you for your support.

** Innocent Eyes and My Life Re-Released on 9th November 2015 **

Download from iTunes here and here.

The video for the song ‘My Life’, featuring the talented Phoebe Maddison:

The video for the song, ‘Innocent Eyes’:

For further information about type 1 diabetes, please read the rest of this page, or go to and

All money raised from the sale of the CDs and from the iTunes downloads will go to JDRF (My Life) or Diabetes UK (Innocent Eyes).


** New Song Released on 10th November 2014 **

Download from iTunes here.

The new song for JDRF was released on Monday 10th November. It is called ‘My Life’ and describes what it is like to be a child with type 1 diabetes. The purpose of the song is to give children with type 1 diabetes something they can play to friends, family etc. and be able to say to them “If you want to know what it’s like for me, this tells you.”

The lyrics were written by Steve Paxton, the man behind ‘Innocent Eyes’. The music was composed by Jack Fletcher from Cardiff. The lyrics were written based on what children with the condition told Steve about what having type 1 means to them.

The song is sung by ten year old Phoebe Maddison from Swindon, who herself has type 1. Steve was keen for a child with the condition to record the song to add authenticity and is delighted with the end result. “Phoebe has sung at a lot of events, including fundraising shows for JDRF. She was recommended to me and she has proved to be the perfect choice. A song like this needs the right person to sing it and Phoebe is definitely the right person. She performed My Life at a charity Ball in Bournemouth recently and received the biggest cheer of the night! I’m very grateful to her parents for allowing her to be involved.”

Phoebe, who has also appeared in an Emmy nominated documentary, Same but Different, was very happy to be asked to sing the song, “I am so pleased that I have been able to be part of this venture. I really enjoyed the day at the recording studio and making the video. I thought it would be easy recording the song but Jack is a perfectionist and the day was hard but rewarding. I would love it to be a Christmas number one. Please help us by spreading the word and buying a copy.”

‘My Life’ was released on 10th November and is available to download from iTunes. All money raised from the sales of the song will be donated to JDRF.


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Thank you for taking the time to visit this website. The aim of it is to raise awareness and understanding of type 1 diabetes (sometimes called juvenile diabetes as it is mostly diagnosed in childhood), a serious condition that can prove fatal. We also hope to raise money to contribute to research currently being undertaken to find a cure. We have written a song, Innocent Eyes, which was released to coincide with World Diabetes Day on 14th November 2012. Please buy the download – all monies raised will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age, but will usually be diagnosed at any time before a child reaches the end of their teens.  It affects 29,000 children in the UK. That means there are 29,000 children who have to have multiple finger-prick blood tests every day to monitor their blood sugar levels, there are 29,000 children who have to have insulin every day just to stay alive. For most of them, this means at least four injections every day.

It occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin, which the body needs to function properly.  Without it, the carbohydrates (sugars) in food cannot reach the cells of the body that need it and so remains in the bloodstream.

Type 1 Diabetes can’t be prevented!

It is very important to stress that a child with type 1 is not to blame, there is nothing they or anybody else could have done to prevent developing this condition. It occurs naturally and not because of a bad diet or lack of exercise.

How will I know if my child is developing diabetes?

These are the usual symptoms; excessive thirst, needing the toilet a lot, loss of weight, extreme tiredness, a fruity smell on the breath and difficulty breathing. If your child shows any of these signs, please take them to the doctor immediately. If left untreated, type 1 will prove fatal. Don’t be scared to take your child to A&E if you think it necessary. Parental instinct is a wonderful thing!

How is lifestyle affected?

A child with type 1 can live a normal life, can do all the things their friends do and eat any food they want. However, a lot more care and attention is needed. If a child will be physically active, they may need a snack first to make sure their blood sugar levels don’t drop too low. Before eating, they will need to know the amount of carbohydrates in the food so that the correct insulin dose can be given; high blood sugar levels can be as dangerous as low levels.

How can I help?

Innocent Eyes, which tells the story of what it is like to be a father of a type 1 child, was written to raise money for JDRF.

The Innocent Eyes MP3 can be downloaded here.

The video can now be seen here:

For further information about type 1 diabetes, go to

Type 1 is Not the Same as Type 2

This track aims to dispel a common myth that children with diabetes got their condition due to poor diet or lack of exercise.  There are two main types of diabetes; Type 1 and Type 2.  The vast majority of diabetic children have Type 1, an autoimmune condition that is not caused by lifestyle factors, whereas Type 2 is far more prevalent in adults and is usually caused by lifestyle choices such as obesity and lack of exercise.  The media often lump the two types together under the single word ‘diabetes’ giving the damaging and wrong impression that children’s diabetes is associated with childhood obesity.  This is incredibly annoying for children with Type 1 and their parents.  This prompted Nigel Hammond whose daughter has the condition to write the lyrics and compose the music for this track.

The music for this track is made entirely out of diabetes equipment and features excellent rapping performed by Connor Ryan, a teenager with Type 1 from Milton Keynes.  It also features many other children with type 1 from Milton Keynes.

Live action video shots by Mitchell Still and his friend Marcus Delo.  Mitchell’s younger brother – who stars in the video – has Type 1.  Video editing and animation programming by Nigel Hammond.  The track is available on iTunes and all proceeds go to children’s type 1 diabetes charities.

You can see the YouTube video of Type 1 is Not the Same as Type 2  here: