Diabetes UK will have a strong presence in Notting Hill on the bank holiday weekend as the Carnival’s official charity of the year.Huge 20-metre screens will relay hard-hitting messages about diabetes to raise awareness of the condition, which is five times more common among the Black and African Caribbean community than the white population.
The Diabetes UK Roadshow unit will also be based at Athlone Gardens on Portobello Road W10 at the carnival throughout Monday 28 August.Careline counsellors and healthcare professionals will be on hand to answer questions about diabetes and provide support throughout the festivities.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to let people know about diabetes and how serious it can be," said Michael Burman, Regional Manager for London at Diabetes UK."Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of the best of the Caribbean and beyond. Unfortunately diabetes is negatively associated with Britain’s Black community, affecting around 17 per cent of the population.""We need people to be aware of how serious diabetes is. If it is not taken seriously and treated effectively as early as possible, people will be put at risk of the consequences such as heart disease, blindness and amputations.”Professor Chris Mullard, Chairman of London Notting Hill Carnival Limited, said "Diabetes affects the black and minority ethnic community more than any other in the UK. It is crucial that we raise awareness of the condtion and how it can be treated.""I am delighted that with Diabetes UK as the official charity of Carnival this year, we will help to spread the message that help is available if you need it. There is no stigma to having diabetes and if you seek help early the condition can be managed."