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MBE for Diabetes UK volunteer

Edna Evans, from Harborne, was recently awarded an MBE for her inspiring work for Diabetes UK.

Edna has been involved in the Birmingham Diabetes UK Voluntary Group for over 50 years and she regularly fundraises for Diabetes UK at City Hospital, raising approximately £700 a month.

Edna’s late husband Edgar was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eight and for many years the couple worked side by side within the Birmingham Diabetes UK Voluntary Group. When Edgar passed away in 1961 at the age of 38, Edna continued work towards improving the lives of local people with diabetes and she became chairperson of the group eight years ago.

Edna said: “I felt very honoured and rather elated when I received my letter from the House of Commons and it hasn’t really sunk in yet.

"It’s a struggle because most people think ‘oh diabetes, you just have to eat right and take your injections on time’. People believe that there are no complications, but there are; I’ve known people who have lost limbs and gone blind from the condition.”

Verity Steddon, Volunteer Development officer for Diabetes UK said: “Edna is a remarkable woman who we are lucky to have supporting our cause. The fact that all her hard work and dedication has been recognised is fantastic and the MBE is utterly well deserved.”

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