News - Diabetes UK Northern Ireland

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29 November 2018

Staff and customers from the Largy Road Mace recently held an in-store coffee morning in aid of Diabetes UK Northern Ireland and raised a fantastic £1,700 for the charity.

Owner, Patrick Hamill, would like to thank the entire Largy Road community for coming out in force to help support their coffee morning.

29 November 2018

Ballyclare woman and renowned harpist Susan Grace Bates will be putting on a Christmas Musical Evening at Stormont on Friday 14 December with students from the Susan Grace Bates School of Music. The music teacher has decided to donate all the proceeds to Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, because her brother has Type 1 diabetes and she wants to raise vital funds for a local charity close to her heart.

Susan explains, ‘My brother has been living with Type 1 diabetes for most of his life and the reality is that this condition has played a massive part in all of our lives as a family.

29 November 2018

The Diabetes UK Omagh Support Group is holding their annual Christmas Craft Fair in aid of the charity on Saturday 8 December in the Omagh Golf Club.

Group Secretary, Lorraine Reid, said, ‘Our Christmas Craft Fair is a great way to get the community together and enjoy the 20 stalls that will be in attendance.

15 November 2018

Maeve McSparron was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last year, an autoimmune condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot produce insulin. A year later, with excellent health care and a determination to keep her condition under control, Maeve arranged a workout session to celebrate her diaversary in her local gym in Larne.

Maeve explained, ‘Diabetes can be tiring, frustrating and scary. I found it very difficult to digest mentally.

14 November 2018

A gala ball to raise awareness and vital funds for Diabetes UK will be held at the awe-inspiring Titanic Belfast Ballroom on Saturday 18 May 2019. Q Radio Breakfast Show stars Stephen Clements and Cate Conway will be the hosts for the event.

Belfast woman, Clare Mitchell is organising the prestigious “Moth Ball” to help raise awareness of diabetes in Northern Ireland, because her father had Type 1 diabetes.

25 October 2018

Diabetes UK Omagh Support Group is hosting a ‘Living with Diabetes Day’ on Saturday, 10 November in the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh, 10am-3pm.

Local Western Trust healthcare professionals, Dietitians Siobhan Monaghan and Lesley Hamilton, will provide workshops on diabetes and diet as well as diabetes treatment pathways.

22 October 2018

A local support group has raised £3,500 to fund ground-breaking research, support and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

The Limavady Diabetes UK Support Group raised the impressive sum by organising a number of events in the area, including a walk and street collection.

Receiving the cheque, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland’s National Fundraiser, Naomi Breen, said, ‘I would like to thank the Limavady group for their fantastic efforts and the local commu

05 October 2018

The Omagh Diabetes UK Support Group is hosting a special meeting on Wednesday 24 October at Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh from 7-9pm. The theme for this meeting is the impact on mental health and emotional wellbeing of those living with diabetes.

Clinical Psychologist, Dr Mark Davies from the Belfast Trust, will be the guest speaker on the evening and will talk about diabetes-related distress and depression.

25 September 2018

Local lady, Kate Bingham, has organised a tractor run to raise awareness and funds for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.

The Gall Bog Bar in Dromara will be the starting place for the Gall Bog Tractor Run taking place on Saturday 29 September from 1.30pm.

Kate Bingham said, ‘I have close family members and friends, who are living day-in and day-out with diabetes and I know the work that is entailed in keeping on top of the condition.

24 September 2018

This Hypo Awareness Week (24 -30 Sept 2018) Diabetes UK want to shine a spotlight on hypos. Hypos affect nearly everyone with Type 1 diabetes, and some people with Type 2 diabetes, who use insulin or other diabetes medication.

A hypo is when the blood sugars drop too low, usually below 4mmol/l.

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