An Isle of Wight woman has donated £10,000 to fund Diabetes UK research into eye complications associated with diabetes.
Mo Latham, who has Type 1 diabetes, had planned to leave the money in her will but decided to donate the money now to have an impact sooner.
Retinopathy is a serious eye condition that can affect people with diabetes. It is a major cause of preventable sight loss among people of working age in the UK.
Looking to improve retinopathy treatments
Mo’s money will go towards Professor Heping Xu’s research at Queen’s University Belfast, who is studying how to improve currently available retinopathy treatments, to help people living with this condition.
Mo has lived with the condition for fifty years, managing it carefully and living a healthy lifestyle.
Mo and her partner, David Eldridge, have previously cycled the length of the UK on a tandem to raise funds for Diabetes UK, and have also taken on several climbs including the Three Peaks Challenge for charity.
Mo said: “I’m very pleased to see the money going to such a great project. I was going to leave the money in my will but I decided: do your giving while you’re living, then you’re knowing where it’s going!”
'Retinopathy is a serious condition'
Mo in her Diabetes UK vest in Norway
Anna Morris, Head of Research Funding at Diabetes UK, said: “We are so grateful to Mo for her generous donation. Retinopathy is a serious complication of diabetes and by funding research that may improve how we treat this condition, Mo’s contribution has the potential to change lives.”
Nationally, 110 Diabetes UK research projects are currently adopted by individuals and organisations.
Dr Xu’s project is due to be completed around May 2017.
To find out more projects that Diabetes UK is funding, go toour Research pages.