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People urged to name Diabetes UK in wills

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A woman who has lived with diabetes for sixty years is urging people to include the charity as a beneficiary in their Wills.

Linda Simpson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was seven, but careful management has ensured she has managed her condition well.

She is now backing Diabetes UK as part of Remember A Charity In Your Will Week, which runs from 12 to 18 September, and urges people to include a charity the next time they update their Wills.

Linda’s son, Paul, died from complications of Type 1 diabetes, aged 27, in 2001, and her granddaughter was diagnosed with the condition aged 11 in 2006. Linda says better care and treatment for young people with Type 1 diabetes as well as greater investment in diabetes research is crucial.

'Things have changed a lot since then'

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Linda said: “When I was a child you had to use a glass syringe to inject insulin. The needle and syringe weren't disposable then, and it was extremely painful to use. You were not given many of them and so you would have to boil wash them every day to keep clean. Things have changed a lot since then.

“Thanks to developments in diabetes research I now use an insulin pump. It has completely changed my life. I no longer have to inject and have much better control of my condition. I’m really excited about diabetes research and I’m hopeful that in 10 to 15 years’ time we will be able to prevent Type 1 diabetes.”

Diabetes UK is looking for people to add the charity next time they update their Wills to support the charity’s works, including many major research projects. Diabetes UK are currently funding research to prevent or stop the progression of Type 1 diabetes, develop technologies – such as the ‘artificial pancreas’ – to help people better manage their diabetes, and find ways to put Type 2 diabetes into remission.

Past and future breakthroughs

Anna Morris, Head of Research Funding at Diabetes UK, said: “As a result of research there has been rapid progress in diabetes care and treatment over the last 80 years, and Diabetes UK has driven many of the biggest projects – something only made possible by our amazing donors.

“It is estimated that only seven per cent of us give to charities in our Wills, but legacies are a vital way to fund future research breakthroughs – nearly a third of Diabetes UK’s income comes from people leaving us in their Wills. We understand that family and friends must always come first, but anything you could offer after that will be handled efficiently to make the most of it.

“Gifts left to Diabetes UK will be used to help us work with even more people living with diabetes as we continue our work to manage, prevent and, one day, cure the condition currently affecting 4 million people.”

For more information, seeour Legacies page.

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