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Diabetes Week

Diabetes Week is an annual highlight in the Diabetes UK calendar. It’s a time when we bring our supporters together to raise awareness of the condition, and vital funds for our work. 

Setting the record straight Diabetes week 12-18 JuneDiabetes Week 2016

Sunday 12 June to Saturday 18 June 2016

Just about everyone has heard about diabetes. And, with 3.5 million people diagnosed in the UK and a further 549,000 who have the condition but don't yet know it, most of us know a friend or family member living with diabetes. And yet it’s still hugely misunderstood, and there are so many myths and misconceptions out there that this year, the theme is Setting the record straight. 

This Diabetes Week we’ll be calling on everyone we know to share straight talking stories, facts and videos to let everyone know the truth about diabetes. 

We’ll be focusing on what it’s actually like to live with it every day and talking about the things people with diabetes wish everyone knew about living with the condition. 

Get involved

There are lots of ways to support Diabetes Week.

  • Download our pack of awareness raising posters (PDF, 29KB) to put up in your local community to get the message out there to as many people as possible.

  • You could create a blog or v-log about your own experiences to share during Diabetes Week.

  • We'll be producing loads of graphics, videos and posters that we'd like you to share during Diabetes Week, either online or in your community to help us raise awareness. Pop back during Diabetes Week to download more materials to kick start our conversation #actually diabetes.

  • If you're a member of a Diabetes UK local group, you can find more materials on the Portal.

Hold a Patron’s Lunch

This Diabetes Week we’re also calling on all of our supporters to raise money for Diabetes UK by hosting a Patron’s Lunch.

Join us in celebrating Our Patron Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday this Diabetes Week. On the 12 June, Her Majesty will host the largest street party London has ever seen on The Mall, and we’re inviting all of our supporters to join in the fun by holding their own bash. 

Your Patron’s Lunch can be as large or small as you like – be it in your back yard or a village hall. All money raised will go towards funding our Careline, a dedicated helpline for people with diabetes and their families. We’ve created a pack full of everything you need to make the party a success. For more information and to order your pack, go to our Patron's lunch page. 

If you have any questions about Diabetes Week, contact us at diabetesweek@diabetes.org.uk.