Norwich Castle will be illuminated in blue to mark World Diabetes Day on Monday (14 November), and local schools across Norfolk will also host a range of activities to help raise awareness of diabetes.
Local headteacher Oliver Burwood, from Blofield Primary School, who has Type 1 diabetes, has been organising the activities and will be hosting a special assembly in his school on Monday to raise awareness of diabetes and its risk factors.
Mr Burwood is also calling on all other schools across the county to support World Diabetes Day by holding special assemblies to educate pupils about the seriousness of the condition. Children in schools supplied by Norse catering will also be asked to take part in a ‘Doodle for diabetes’ competition by doodling and colouring in images of the iconic Norwich Castle. Norse will then compile these pictures to produce a book, which will be donated to the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, at Norfolk and Norwich Hosiptal, which treats children and young people with diabetes, to show them they do not have to manage their condition alone.
Mr Burwood said, "The overarching theme for World Diabetes Day is education and prevention, so I wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness of how serious diabetes can be. There are an estimated 25,000 children with diabetes in the UK who need help and support to manage their condition and hopefully these activities will also help more children be aware of how to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life."
- There are 34,583 people diagnosed with diabetes in Norfolk.
- There are 2.9 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK.
- There are 285 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the world.
Sharon Tillbrook, Diabetes UK Eastern Regional Manager, said, "We would like to convey our thanks to Mr Burwood for his tremendous efforts to raise awareness of diabetes on World Diabetes Day.
"Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK, and the global prevalence of this condition is increasing every year. Diabetes can lead to devastating complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation if not diagnosed soon enough or managed effectively, so it is vital that more people are made aware of this serious condition.
"A right to medical care"
Bishop Graham of Norwich said, "Nearly all of us are aware of someone who lives with diabetes and their personal story. Not so many of us pause to consider the global scale of millions of people whose lives take a similar journey and so often without the professional, medical support appreciated by our friends and families in this country. People throughout the world have a right to medical care. I am glad to support World Diabetes Day which seeks to promote understanding of this condition."
Fifteen healthcare essentials
This year, Diabetes UK is calling on people with diabetes to take action on the 15 healthcare essentials. People with diabetes are at risk of devastating complications, yet many of these can be prevented if people with the condition regularly receive all the vital 15 healthcare checks and specialist services they need to stay healthy.
That’s why we have launched our 15 healthcare essentials campaign, which outlines the minimum standards of care people with diabetes should receive on an annual basis, as well as the specialist services they should be able to access.