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Celebrity supporters

Diabetes UK is pleased to be working with many talented and passionate supporters from the sports, entertainment and artistic fields. Our celebrity supporters make a special and valuable commitment and contribution to a wide range of our projects – for this we are very thankful.

Steve Redgrave CBE

Sir Steve Redgrave CBE was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1997, and has become a source of inspiration for people with the condition. He is Honorary Vice President of Diabetes UK and helps raise awareness of the seriousness of the condition and supports campaigns such as Diabetes Week and World Diabetes Day. He has won many honours in his sport, including six Olympic medals. 

There is no reason why you can't achieve your dreams but it takes a lot of patience to work out the right routine. I decided early on that diabetes was going to live with me, not me live with diabetes.


Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke supports the work of Diabetes UK as her mother has Type 2 diabetes, and her grandmother also had the condition.

I fully support Diabetes UK's My Voice network because I really believe that young people have the power to make a difference. The fantastic thing about the Diabetes UK My Voice network is that young people will not only help campaign for real improvements but will have the chance to develop and learn skills, meet new people and have fun doing it too.

Follow Alexandra on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexandramusic


Melanie C

Singer Melanie C is a passionate supporter of our work for children with diabetes. Her brother has Type 1 diabetes, and she has seen how it can affect people early in life. Melanie supported our Children’s Charter campaign which aimed to gain better care and support for children with Diabetes. Melanie has also chosen Diabetes UK to be one of the beneficiaries of her annual charity calendar.

"My brother has Type 1 diabetes so I know how important it is to manage the condition properly. I’ve heard stories from young people about how they’ve been teased, left out of things and even bullied, all because they have diabetes."

Follow Melanie on Twitter.


Ben Coker

Professional footballer Ben Coker is delighted to be supporting Diabetes UK, having been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a teenager.

Ben, a highly regarded left sided defender, plays for Southend United, having previously played for Cambridge, Northampton and Colchester United;

"When I first found out I had diabetes I was anxious that I might not be able to play football again. But I have learnt that it doesn't affect me playing in the slightest.  I eat correctly and keep a close eye on my levels to make sure I can play to my best.

I am delighted to be able to help Diabetes UK in any way that I can, as it is a fantastic charity and an invaluable source of support for those living with the condition.


Rosemary Conley CBE

Health and fitness guru Rosemary Conley CBE has supported Diabetes UK since 2008. Rosemary shares a commitment to raising awareness of Type 2 diabetes and highlighting the importance of healthy living for people with diabetes and those at risk. Rosemary has given an exclusive interview to Balance magazine and supported Diabetes Week activities. 

Diabetes UK is a wonderful charity and there is a natural synergy between our organisations. I am committed to supporting the charity to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes and promote the importance of positive lifestyle choices and weight management, so that everyone, including people living with diabetes, can get the most out of life.

Follow Rosemary on Twitter http://twitter.com/rosemaryconley


Brian Cox

Hollywood star Brian Cox has been a prominent campaigner in seeking to provide a better understanding of diabetes since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1998. 

The Dundee-born Shakespearean actor has starrred in a vast array of theatre productions and some of Hollywood’s best known blockbusters including Manhunter, Troy, The Bourne Supremacy and Rise of The Planet of The Apes. He is an Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA award winner.

"I am delighted to support Diabetes UK, a wonderful organisation that not only offers support to people like myself but also funds research into the condition."


Elinor Crawley

Actress Elinor Crawley has been a fan of Diabetes UK since the age of 9 when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Having an insulin pump has helped her in a demanding industry, she says. She first came to prominence in the 2010 film Submarine and has gone on to appear in ITV’s Law & Order and BBC’s The White Queen.

"The Diabetes UK welcome pack was brilliant and I even had my picture in The Tadpole Times! The fundraising they do for research is fantastic and I've really come to appreciate the vital support network they have created for people with the condition. It feels great knowing there is a team of people striving to make our lives easier.


Stephen Dixon

Sky News presenter Stephen Dixon has Type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed at the age of 17. Following his diagnosis, Stephen was advised to take a year out of school: Stephen has since reported on many high-profile stories for Sky News in a pressured environment, whilst successfully managing his diabetes.

"The school felt that I wouldn't be on top form for sitting my exams, but I was keen to carry on, I'd just been given my provisional place at university. I'm a great believer in getting on with things.


Eamonn Holmes

TV presenter and broadcaster Eamonn Holmes supports Diabetes UK as his mother has Type 2 diabetes.Eamonn was a contestant on ITV1's Feelgood Factor where he aimed to lose weight to raise money for Diabetes UK. Eamonn also supported our Get Serious campaign showing that he is very keen to make people aware of diabetes. Eamonn was also the face of our Winter 2010 appeal which raised in excess of £550,000.

My mother has Type 2 diabetes, so I've seen the implications of it first-hand. I learnt a lot about diabetes on the Feelgood Factor and support the work of Diabetes UK.


Amelia Lily

X-Factor 2011 contestant Amelia Lily has Type 1 diabetes and is a Diabetes UK supporter. Amelia supports the 4 Ts, our campaign for children and young people. 

"I feel very strongly that every parent and carer needs to know about Diabetes UK’s 4 Ts campaign. My symptoms included drinking a lot more than normal and going to the toilet a lot. I was very lucky as my nana realised what was wrong with me because my uncle had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 14. Until now not many people have known I have diabetes, but I think it’s important to get people talking about diabetes, and for me to show other young people and children that you can still get out there and follow your dreams."


Dominic Littlewood

TV presenter and journalist Dominic Littlewood has Type 1 diabetes.  He is best known for his show ‘Don’t get Done, Get Dom’ and appears regularly on BBC’s the One Show. Dominic supports us in raising awareness of the condition and has also helped us promote Care for a Cuppa and backs other campaigns such as Diabetes Week. He is very positive in his approach to managing diabetes.

"Be aware of your diabetes, you’ve got it for life. Treat it with respect, and it will respect you."


Gary Mabbutt MBE

Former Tottenham Hotspur and England footballer Gary Mabbutt MBE, has Type 1 diabetes and has become an icon for many children and young adults with the condition. Gary is Honorary Vice President of the charity and supports Diabetes UK activities and initiatives. Gary’s support helps us raise vital awareness and funds from activities like the Santa Dash and national campaigns like Diabetes Week.

"As someone with Type 1 diabetes, I know just how much of an impact the condition can have on someone’s life. Diabetes causes more deaths than breast and prostate cancer combined and is increasing at an alarming rate. All funds raised for Diabetes UK will help improve the lives of people with the condition."


Paul O’Neill 

Successful racing driver Paul O’Neill has Type 1 diabetes. When he was first diagnosed in 2003 his health looked like it might stop him racing. But after a year of taking good care of himself, he was back in the driving seat and continues to live his dream. Paul told us his story in an exclusive Balance interview.

"I think that far from holding me back, my diabetes has got me where I am today. After the set back of being diagnosed, I became even more determined to succeed."


Joe Pasquale 

Comedian Joe Pasquale supports Diabetes UK as his family has been affected by diabetes. Joe ran the Virgin London Marathon in 2011 with two of his friends. He has also appeared on Celebrity Family Fortunes and Celebrity The Chase, raising awareness and money for Diabetes UK.

"This is a cause that is very close to my heart and I need as many people as possible to join me to help improve the lives of people with diabetes."


Chris Pennell

England international rugby star Chris Pennell who plays for Worcester Warriors was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 19 and is the only professional rugby player with the condition.

"When I was diagnosed, I was convinced that my ambitions to become a professional rugby player were over. Thankfully I discovered that I could manage the condition enough to still pursue a career in professional sport. Diabetes UK provide invaluable help and support and I hope that my involvement with the charity can show people that the condition needn’t prevent them from making the most of their chosen careers. "

Pennell’s outstanding form during the 2013/14 season was rewarded with an Aviva Premiership player-of-the-season nomination and a call-up to the England squad ahead of the 2014 summer tour to New Zealand.

Follow Chris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/chris_pennell         


Mike Rutherford

Rock Legend. Founder member of Genesis. The ‘Mike’ in ‘Mike and the Mechanics’. Rock and Roll Hall of fame member since 2010, Diabetes UK are delighted to welcome the support of legendary musician Mike Rutherford.

With millions of record sales across the planet, Mike is one of the most celebrated and successful musicians these Isles have ever produced. And Diabetes UK is a charity very close to his heart.

Diabetes became part of our family when our son Harry was diagnosed with Type 1 as a 12-year-old.  As with most parents who have been in this situation, it's a very difficult condition to understand or get 'on top' of in the beginning.

My wife and I have seen huge leaps since Harry was diagnosed and we feel privileged to support Diabetes UK. The work they do to increase awareness of the condition is fantastic as is the care and support they offer to anyone from within the diabetes community.


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Phillip Schofield presents day time TV show This Morning. Both his mother and brother have Type 1 diabetes. Phillip was the face of our summer prize draw mailing which generated over £424,000. Phillip has further supported us by backing us during Diabetes Week.

"Diabetes UK has been at the forefront of pioneering research to help people with diabetes.

As someone who knows first-hand what it’s like when someone close to you is diagnosed, I have experienced the shock, fear and anguish the condition can bring. Not just for the person affected, but to the whole family.

That’s why it’s vital that Diabetes UK gets the continued support of people like me, and you, so they can continue to carry out vital research and make important breakthroughs in the understanding and treatment of diabetes – and move that one step closer to finding a cure."

Follow Phillip on Twitter http://twitter.com/SCHOFE


Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith, comedian and star of TV show Grumpy Old Men, developed Type 2 diabetes as a result of a condition called pancreatitis. The effects of both pancreatitis and diabetes have persuaded Arthur to take up a healthier lifestyle.

"It’s definitely encouraged me to be more active and fitter. I go running now and I’m always out walking."

Arthur regularly writes for Balance magazine.