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Medals

In recognition of the courage and perseverance of living with diabetes, we award people who have lived with the condition for over 50, 60 or 70 years with medals. We now also have a medal that recognises those who have lived with diabetes for over 80 years. 

The Alan Nabarro medal

This medal is awarded to people who have lived with diabetes for 50 years. Alan Nabarro waged a lifelong battle against discrimination against people with diabetes. In 1968 he was awarded the OBE for his work with young people in London.

The Robert Lawrence medal

This medal is awarded to people who have lived with diabetes for 60 years. Dr Robert Lawrence co-founded the Diabetic Association, now known as Diabetes UK, with H.G. Wells in 1934.

The John Macleod medal

This medal is awarded to people who have lived with diabetes for 70 years. John Macleod was awarded half of the Nobel Prize for the discovery of insulin. Diabetes UK’s Central Offices are named in honour of Macleod’s great work and dedication to diabetes.

The HG Wells medal

This medal is awarded to people who have lived with diabetes for 80 years. H G Wells co-founded the Diabetic Association, now known as Diabetes UK, with Dr Robert Lawrence in 1934.

How to claim a medal

To obtain one of these medals, please send a letter of confirmation from the patient’s GP or any healthcare professional confirming their diabetes status. We’ll also need:

  • Recipient's name, address and date of birth
  • Year of diabetes diagnosis
  • Information regarding who the medal should be posted to.

The medal request letter should be sent to:
Supporter Care
Diabetes UK
Macleod House
10 Parkway
London
NW1 7AA

For more information email supporterservices@diabetescare.org.uk or call Supporter Care on 0345 123 2399.