United Co-operatives has announced that Diabetes UK will be its official charity for the next year.
The organisation, which owns food stores, a travel business, the Sunwin Motor Group, pharmacies and funeral homes up and down the UK, has pledged to raise at least £150,000 to support the vital work of Diabetes UK.
It is also backing our campaign to reduce the number of people with undiagnosed diabetes, estimated to be 750,000.
“By the time people with Type 2 are diagnosed, around half already have evidence of complications," said Simon O’Neill, Director of Care and Policy at Diabetes UK."The sooner people are diagnosed, the sooner they can start taking control of their diabetes and increase their chance of living full and healthy lives.”Philip Jones, Secretary of United Co-operatives said: “United is delighted to support this vital cause.""With the help of our staff and members we look forward to some fantastic fundraising events, which will assist us to not only achieve our £150,000 target, but exceed it.”Those most at risk of Type 2 diabetes are white people aged over 40 or African-Caribbean and South Asian people over 25, who have a large waistlines, are overweight or have a family history of diabetes.Symptoms of diabetes are:
- increased thirst
- going to the loo all the time – especially at night
- extreme tiredness
- genital itching or regular episodes of thrush
- blurred vision
- weight loss.
If you think that you may be at risk, consult a pharmacist or doctor.