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Diabetes shopping – bringing diabetes awareness to your local high street

The Diabetes UK London office has found yet another innovative way of bringing diabetes awareness to the general public and recently took over a Southwark Costcutter shop to give away information on diabetes and its complications.

The Area Manager of Southwark's six Costcutter shops, Syed Hussain invited Diabetes UK to one of his shops after walking past the new diabetes awareness market stall in Southwark 'blue' market. On Thursday 7 May, Diabetes UK balloons and posters were displayed all over the shop, with children and parents from the local school invited to join in the fun. Two face painters were hired to entertain the children while Diabetes UK Diverse Communities Officer for London Juliet Enever ran the diabetes awareness stand for parents. A number of area managers from other Costcutters and the bakery concession in Costcutters also took part in the event, opened by the Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Eliza Mann, who has chosen Diabetes UK as charity of the year. Free smoothies and snacks were given out to customers and donations were given to Diabetes UK and the Mayor's charity collecting for Diabetes UK.

Brick Lane's Baishaki Mela

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The London office also organised a stand at Brick Lane's Baishaki Mela on Sunday 10 May, with help from Aaron Garcia and Lorraine Felice, together with local Bengali volunteers from Social Action for Health.

The sun shone and record numbers attended the Mela this year - nearly 100,000 people turned up to celebrate the Bengali New Year. Around 1000 people visited the Diabetes UK stand and picked up information on diabetes and its complications. Thanks to Social Action for Health, people visiting the stand were able to receive information in community languages such as Syhleti.

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