News - Diabetes UK South East

Raising awareness is a key part of our work in the South East region and our Media Officer is dedicated to getting our voice heard throughout the counties.

Working with local and regional newspapers, TV stations and radio stations, our voice has been heard throughout through the South East.

If you have a story, please get in touch with the team Southeastteam@diabetes.org.uk or call 01372 720 148.

08 March 2018

A Fleet teenager and his family will be climbing Mount Snowden in May to raise funds for Diabetes UK.

14-year-old Branden Papworth is raising funds after he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2013 when he was nine. He will be taking on the mountain challenge with his parents Laughton and Laura Papworth who are experienced climbers.

08 March 2018

Len Bunn, a Parish Clerk from Ashford, is taking on Swim22, the swimming challenge of the year to spread awareness of diabetes and raise funds for us.

Swim22 participants will cover an incredible 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel - in three months. 

08 March 2018

Jane Livermore, a semi-retired leaflet dropper from Dartford, is taking part in Swim22, the swimming challenge of the year to spread awareness of diabetes and raise funds for Diabetes UK.

Swim22 participants will cover an incredible 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel - in three months. Jane is doing Swim22 because she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2012 and wants to lose weight.

06 February 2018

A Newport man has received a medal for living with diabetes for 70 years despite being told by doctors he had just ten days to live when he was aged four. 

Donald Hunt, 75, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1947, but a combination of a healthy diet, exercise, advances in treatment and taking good care of himself has ensured he has managed his condition successfully for seven decades.

01 February 2018

A local woman with Type 1 diabetes has received a medal for living with the condition for over five decades.

Julie Robbins, 60, from Banbury, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes aged six, but a healthy diet, exercise, and taking good care of herself has ensured she has managed her condition successfully for 50 years. The award was given by Diabetes UK in recognition of Julie’s courage and perseverance in handling the condition.

10 January 2018

A boy from Hove has raised a fantastic £1,085.18 from his annual fundraising event over Christmas.

TheWinterCity© is an annual Christmas event Xavier holds every Christmas. It’s a Christmas model village scene with houses and a train circuit. This was passed down from his Grandfather who used to do a smaller version on his mantelpiece, until he passed away in 2010.

29 November 2017

Folkestone Dad and former local chef, Ken South, got a shock wake-up call last year when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. 

In March last year, 50-year old Ken was advised by a Diabetes Specialist Nurse at his local clinic that he risked serious complications unless he lost a significant amount of weight. He was 18 stone. 

22 November 2017

A 17-year-old Olympic Skeet shooter from Surrey is aiming for Olympic glory after a year of career highs including competing for Team GB in the World Championships.

Ranked 12th lady and 3rd junior lady in the UK this year, a rising star in British shooting, Maddy, pictured, has had Type 1 diabetes from the age of 3.

09 October 2017

Professional sailor Adam Pereira has arrived home in Cowes after becoming the first person with Type 1 diabetes to complete a transatlantic crossing on his own. 

After 11 long weeks at sea and battling strong winds, and sometimes, no wind at all, Adam sailed the distance of 7,000 nautical miles to the Statue of Liberty and back. He dropped anchor off Liberty Island on Saturday 5 August at 7.29 in the morning, and the Royal London Yacht Club sounded the horn with three honks on Monday 4 September at 2:05pm to celebrate his arrival back in Cowes.

15 August 2017

Over 50 employees from an Oxford-based international HealthScience communications company are walking 1 million steps over the next three months in an effort to raise cash for leading charity Diabe

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