Diabetes UK was saddened to hear of the death earlier this month of Dr David Matthews. David was a Consultant Diabetologist based at Monklands Hospital in Lanarkshire, Scotland. A former trustee of Diabetes UK and Chair of the Scottish Committee, he was a great supporter of the work of the charity and a true friend of people with diabetes.
“I had the privilege of serving with David for several years on the Board of Trustees of Diabetes UK. He was always well prepared, knowledgeable and asked sensible though searching questions," said Sir Michael Hirst, former Chairman of Diabetes UK.
"David was the most companionable of men and it was always fun listening to his wide repertoire of stories. He was in all senses of the word a real friend of Diabetes UK, and gave freely of his time to help the charity in more ways than I could enumerate.
"David was an outstanding clinician and his wise words of counsel helped so many of his patients, particularly younger tpeople with Type 1 diabetes who were struggling. It is no exaggeration to say that he will be sorely missed by many in Lanarkshire.
"When health problems recently confined him to a wheelchair, David made light of his incapacity and was his usual cheery self, inspiring all by his example of courage and optimism. In this, as in so much else, he was superbly supported by his wife Allyson who similarly radiated optimism and good nature.
"We have lost a good friend and Diabetes UK has lost a staunch ally, but David will be remembered for the immense record of service to others that he packed into his 56 years. He has left us an example and many happy memories.”