Diabetes UK is delighted to receive the support of 'Inspector Morse' author Colin Dexter who is backing our Old Jewellery Appeal.
He has written to editors of newspapers up and down the country, saying:
"I am calling on your readers to help a most worthy cause and to donate their unwanted or broken jewellery to leading health charity Diabetes UK.
Old jewellery funds new research
"If anyone has, let us say, an odd earring or a watch that doesn’t tick, I urge them to send it to Diabetes UK, who will convert such old jewellery into crucial funds to support diabetes research projects.
"Diabetes is a serious condition, and is affecting more people every day. There are 2.5 million people in the UK with diabetes, and more than half a million who have the condition without knowing it. By 2025 this number will rise to a colossal 4 million, and so it is vital that we do all we can to raise awareness of diabetes and to help find a cure.
"It is Diabetes UK’s 75th Anniversary in 2009, and the charity is aiming to raise £75,000 from the Old Jewellery Appeal to mark this occasion.
Please note the jewellery appeal has now ended.