Diabetes UK is celebrating after winning two gongs at the Charity Times Awards last night in London, for Charity of the Year and Charity Principal of the Year.
Diabetes UK was the overall winner in the Charity of the Year with an income between £10m to £30m category. Judges said Diabetes UK had achieved “a strong year of fundraising growth, clear identification of service needs and targeted interventions, and a successful awareness campaign.”
Barbara Young, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, said: “I am immensely proud of the work that we have achieved over the past year. Diabetes UK is very lucky to have such a great team of people all working hard, and this award is a reflection on all their achievements. The team have been more focused that ever to make life better for everyone affected by diabetes, and it’s been fantastic to see the impact that our campaigning has had. Together we have helped over half a million people have risk checks for Type 2 diabetes, changed the law about how children with Type 1 diabetes in schools are treated and funded over £7 million of innovative diabetes research.
“I am incredibly excited to build on our wonderful achievements with a fantastic team of people and to take the charity forward into the future. It’s also important to acknowledge the huge help we have had over the past 18 months from our Tesco partners.”
Chief Executive Barbara Young was also named Charity Principal of the Year.
Peter Dixon, Diabetes UK Chairman, commented: "This year Diabetes UK celebrated its 80th birthday and along with this 80 years of life-changing progress. We are at the most impactful period in our charities history and under Barbara’s leadership we have once again become a campaigning organisation delivering widespread change to diabetes policy and care, both nationally and locally.”