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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Tragic Cumbrian teenager dreamed of being performer

A talented young singer who died suddenly just days before she was due to audition for The X-Factor dreamed of becoming a professional performer, her parents have revealed.

Beth Durose photo
Beth Durose

Bethany Durose, 17, tragically died after she accidentally overdosed on the insulin she was taking to control her type one diabetes.

And at an inquest into her tragic death held this week, her parents Michael and Patricia told how she had been having singing lessons since an early age in order to achieve her musical ambitions.

Mum Patricia said: “She played clarinet to grade five and piano to grade four, but it was the singing that she really loved and wanted to pursue.

“She was having lessons with a professional opera singer and had achieved grade seven and was working towards her grade eight. She had a really excellent voice and was looking forward to seeing where her audition for The X-Factor was going to take her.”

Bethany, known to friends and family as Beth, was a member of the West Cumberland Choral Society’s junior choir and headlined a number of shows at her school, West Lakes Academy in Egremont.

She had been allocated a timeslot for The X-Factor auditions in Manchester on March 26 last year and planned to perform Eva Cassidy’s Somewhere Over The Rainbow for the judges, including Take That star Gary Barlow and music guru Louis Walsh.

But tragedy struck the previous weekend when Beth was found unconscious at her home in Holmrook. She was rushed to the West Cumberland Hospital with extremely low blood sugar levels which had caused significant brain damage and died two days later, on March 21.

Coroner David Roberts, presiding over Monday’s hearing, ruled that Beth’s death was an accident, after hearing evidence that she had struggled with her diabetes throughout her teenage years.

Mr and Mrs Durose revealed that their daughter “hated” the fact that she had the condition and was occasionally not as disciplined as she needed to be when it came to medicating herself.

Following Mr Roberts’ verdict, Anna Morton, the director of NHS Diabetes, offered support for other young people with the condition.

She said: “Diabetes is for life. People with diabetes need both clinical and emotional support to help them manage the everyday aspects of their condition.

“The daily need for people with type one (insulin dependent) diabetes to monitor their blood sugar and give multiple, carefully-calculated insulin injections can be difficult at any age, but is particularly challenging for young people.

“That is why NHS Diabetes has established regional networks.

“It is also why NHS Diabetes is working with the National Clinical Director for Diabetes to help improve the care of young people with diabetes moving from paediatric to adult services.”

Anyone who would like more information and advice is asked to visit www.diabetes.nhs.uk.

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