Fabian Hamilton, MP for Leeds North East, was announced as winner of the 2011 Diabetes UK Parliamentary Champion Award at the House of Commons on Monday 19 December. Barbara Young, Chief Executive Diabetes UK, presented the award in recognition for his support and contribution to the charity.
Fabian, who has diabetes himself, has been an active supporter of Diabetes UK through his work to raise awareness of diabetes in Parliament. He has also supported campaigns to demonstrate the importance of early detection screening and has raised significant amounts of money for the charity. Fabian cycled from London to Paris to raise funds for Diabetes UK last year.
"Still a lot of work to be done"
Fabian said, "I am delighted to receive this award. Diabetes UK is an excellent charity which has helped me understand my own condition and live with it, which is why I wanted to do something to help them.
"So many people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, often later in life, so it's important to understand just how it can be managed to reduce the risk of long-term complications. Early diagnosis is the key to success in managing the condition. There is still a lot of work to be done in making people aware of information and specialist care needed for those living with diabetes."
Barbara Young said, "Fabian’s contribution to fundraising and his commitment to raising awareness of diabetes in parliamentary circles have been invaluable. I would like to convey my sincere thanks to him on behalf of people with diabetes and Diabetes UK."
The annual award aims to recognise politicians who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in raising awareness of diabetes in Parliament. In accepting the award, Fabian will make a commitment to continue to champion diabetes issues and keep them high on the political agenda.