Launch for diabetes group

DIABETES UK is encouraging those affected by the condition to join Steyning’s reformed voluntary group.

After holding a ‘successful’ launch event, the organisation is inviting people to get involved, either as a member or as part of the committee.

As well as providing invaluable support and advice, the group offers the opportunity to take part in a range of activities, from fundraising for research to influencing local healthcare services.

The president of Diabetes UK, Richard Lane OBE, was present at the event. He has type 1 diabetes where insulin-producing cells in the pancreas are destroyed, and he was one of the first people in the UK to receive islet cell transplants in 2005.

He said: “I am a living example of how Diabetes UK-funded research and treatment makes a difference to people’s lives and I feel privileged to be able to share my story to help raise awareness.”

Diabetes UK has helped more than 3.5 million people in the UK over the last 75 years. 

Jill Steaton, South East regional manager for Diabetes UK, said: “We are delighted to have been able to re-launch the group to provide more support for people living with diabetes. I would urge anyone who is interested to get in touch and find out more about getting involved.”

For more information on the Steyning Voluntary Group call Lucy Peacock in the South East office on 01372 731 363 or email lucy.peacock@diabetes.org.uk.