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World Diabetes Day and beyond - awareness and fundraising events in London

As a follow-up to World Diabetes Day on 14 November, when the London Eye (pictured) was lit up in blue to help raise awareness, a variety of fundraising and awareness events are taking place in the capital.

In Newham, a diabetes awareness event, sponsored by Nu Sound Radio, is taking place on Friday 28 November at Newham Town Hall, East Ham. The event will be attended by Newham Civic Ambassador Councillor Akbar Chaudhary and was organised by local fundraiser Ayyaz Inayat, whose mother had Type 2 diabetes and sadly passed away last year. Ayyaz is organising the event in memory of his mother and to raise awareness of the condition in the local community.

The event includes free 'Health MOTs’ provided by Newham Primary Care NHS Trust from 4 to 6pm followed by an evening of entertainment from 7 to 10pm. Along with food, drink and dancing, the event will also feature a fashion show. Tickets for the evening event cost £10 and include all food, drink and entertainment. For more information emailAyyaz.Inayat@newham.gov.uk.

In addition, another fundraising event is taking place on Monday 17 November in King’s Cross and is organised by Our Black Heroes in support of Diabetes UK and the Sickle Cell Society. The event will take place at Lincoln Lounge, 52 York Road, King's Cross N1 9AB, by King's Cross station, from 7.45pm – 2am. The event includes live music performances, a lively set by three DJs, a raffle and an open mic session.

Exciting events

Juliet Enever, London Diverse Communities Officer at Diabetes UK said “It is exciting to see so many events taking place in London as a follow-up to World Diabetes Day. In addition these events are a great opportunity to reach people from the Black and South Asian communities, who are more at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.”

For more information on the events contact the Diabetes UK London office on 020 7424 1000 or emaillondon@diabetes.org.uk

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