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Medals

In recognition of the courage and perseverance of living with diabetes, we award medals to people who have lived with the condition for over 50, 60, 70 or 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:

  • The recipient's name, address and date of birth

  • Year of diabetes diagnosis

  • Confirmation that the recipient is happy for their personal and health information to be shared with, stored by, and processed by Diabetes UK

  • Information regarding who the medal should be posted to.

The medal request letter should be sent to:
Supporter Care
Diabetes UK
Wells Lawrence House
126 Back Church Lane
London
E1 1FH

For more information, email helpline@diabetes.org.uk or call Supporter Care on 0345 123 2399.

You can find out more about how we use your information on our privacy page

Facebook group

Join our dedicated Diabetes UK Medalists Facebook group, where you can share your experiences and meet other Medalists.

 

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