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High profile supporters

Legenday football talent spotter Tony Carr, who has Type 2 diabetes and West Ham and England players Mark Noble and Andy Carroll, urge others to check their risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.


Singer Alexandra Burke, left, with Diabetes UK head of care Dan Howarth and Sister Act director and Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood


Ever since her mum was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, singer, Alexandra Burke, the star of the musical Sister Act, has offered us tremendous backing. The producer of the gala night of the London premiere, Jamie Wilson, donated the £23,000 proceeds to Diabetes UK to honour the X-Factor singer. Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford is another friend to the charity discussing on This Morning how he and wife Angie dealt with helping son Harry who was diagnosed with Type 1 and has grown up to be a successful music producer.

Melanie C, whose brother racing driver Paul O’ Neill was diagnosed as Type 1 in 2003, has given us backing since then including co-judging the Kop Idol contest, speaking out for the children's 4T’s campaign and speaking out around myths and misconceptions around diabetes.

Folk singer Cara Dillon, who manages her Type 1 diabetes while touring and raising three children, is another supporter. X-Factor runner-up turned West End star Amelia Lily has backed our work over the past five years and ‘80s singer Mari Wilsonalso supports us, recently giving her winnings from an edition of Pointless Celebrities.

Gospel singer Annastasia Baker, whose daughter Nevaeh is Type 1, gave us a donation of ticket proceeds from her sold-out London Shepherds Bush Empire show and played a set at our Inspire Awards.

Apache Indian at Diabetes UK Inspire Awards in 2017.Photo taken by Nick Strugnell.

The same awards in 2017 were headlined by Handsworth’s hip hop and bhangra crossover artist, Apache Indian, best known for his 1993 global hit 'Boom Shack-a-lak'.

Apache spoke about his son who has Type 1 diabetes at our 2017 Inspire Awards, and also about the importance of raising awareness within BAME communities.


Watch the highlights from the Sister Act gala night with Alexandra and Craig Revel Horwood


Footballer Scott Allan who has Type 1, runs a training session for children with Type 1


Diabetes UK enjoys the support of many leading figures in the world of sport including those pictured above.

From football, Tottenham Hotspur FC all-time great Gary Mabbutt MBE has supported us for more than a decade including our Putting Feet First campaign.

Current footballers who support us - and who have Type 1 - include Southend United’s Ben Coker, Dundee FC’s Scott Allan, Lincoln City’s Jack Muldoon and Southport’s Craig Stanley. The current Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has also supported us, attending a reception for our Patron, HRH The Queen, with daughter Mischa.

Five-time gold medal-winning Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave is another supporter, contributing to advice for our participants in fundraising events and advising on how you can participate in sport.

England rugby internationals Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors) and Henry Slade (Exeter) are both Type 1 and back us.

From athletics, sprinter Mel Stephenson has supported us on more than 10 campaigns, and Dannish Walker Khan also supports our work and can give insight into how to compete as Type 1 athletes.

Motor racing driver and instructor Paul O’ Neill has also supported us for many years, donating the first driving boots he wore in a professional race to our #135 shoes campaign.

Other support has come from former cricketer and current England coach Mark Ramprakash, ice skating legend Robin Cousins, former Middlesbrough defender Alan Kernaghan and current Reading & Scotland hockey player Tim Atkins.

Watch Chris Pennell's video on his training schedule on the BBC Get Inspired website

Left, Dr Ryland Morgans coach at the heart of Wales’ Euro 2016 success, who has Type 1 diabetes, gave us 19 signed Liverpool shirts and helped choose the winner of our Kop Idol competition Liam, centre, with help from, John Barnes, right

Health and fitness

Whatever diabetes you live with, the issues around staying healthy while managing your condition are important so we are lucky to have the backing of respected health professionals from different fields.

Legendary fitness and diet guru Rosemary Conley CBE has been a supporter since 2008, speaking at our roadshows around the country, and most recently added her advice to our Legacy campaign for advice she wishes she’d been given when she was 18.

Derrick Evans (better known to his army of TV fans as “Mr. Motivator”) is also keen to support getting behind our Know Your Risk and Community Champions campaign.

Dr Hilary Jones has also supported us over the past decade last giving his voice to our Safe In Schools campaign.

And personal fitness trainer and choreographer Steve Agyei, who trains Emma Bunton and Cherie Blair, as well as having set dance routines for Jennifer Lopez and The Beckhams, is another supporter.


Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi, the food-writer and chef team, have provided tremendous assistance after Giancarlo was diagnosed with Type 2 six years ago. The pair opened up the Marylebone branch of Caffe Caldesi for a Patron’s Lunch to celebrate our patron, HM The Queen and Giancarlo told his story in our membership magazine Balance and they provided a healthy recipe for our Food You Love campaign.

Si King from the Hairy Bikers contributed to our 100 things I wish I'd know about diabetes book. This Morning’s Phil Vickery has written a cookbook about Type 2 diabetes and Rustie Lee talked about our Community Champions projects and Know Your Risk tool in a series of interviews for BBC radio.

Go to our Enjoy Food section to find a recipe for any occasion.

TV and radio

Presenter Phillip Schofield has been an enthusiastic supporter appearing on both LK Today and Loose Women to talk about his support for our work, as well as giving advice for the 100 things I wish I’d known about living with diabetes book. (His mother and brother are both Type 1).

Presenter Dominic Littlewood, who is Type 1, and LBC’s Iain Dale, who is Type 2, are long-standing supporters and BBC London drivetime host Eddie Nestor undertook the Six Pack Challenge where he raised money for Diabetes UK after a gruelling fitness routine and diet. Justin Webb, one of the presenters on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, recently added his voice to those behind our Safe In Schools campaign.

Joe Pasquale, seconds after taking part in 14,000 feet skydive in the Kent countryside with daughter Tina for us


Joe Pasquale has scaled the heights (climbing London’s O2 arena and jumped) as well as pounded the streets (he ran the London Marathon) all for Diabetes UK to support his daughter Tina, who is T1.

Grumpy Old Men star Arthur Smith has written a regular column for Balance, Ed Gamble gave backing for Diabetes Week, Colin Leggo talked about his Type 1 diagnosis and subsequent amputation in support of our Putting Feet First campaign.

Jonny Labey contributed to the 100 things I wish I'd known about diabetes book



Stage and screen

We have a huge range of supporters from film, TV and theatre.

The late Sir Roger Moore supported several of our campaigns including tackling myths and misconceptions, the London Bridges fundraiser and our Diabetes Week 2015 coverage where he admitted that his Type 2 diagnosis had left him “stirred but not shaken”.

TV and film actor Elinor Crawley judged our Make the Grade film-making contest to find the best school film to educate pupils about Type 1.

Carl Rice (Trollied, Coronation Street) attended our Patron’s lunch and he is not the only supporter from Weatherfield after Lisa George (Beth Tinker) and Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw) also backed our work.

Former residents of EastEnders HQ at Albert Square to support us include Jonny Labey (Paul Coker), Annette Badland (Aunt Babe) and Cheryl Fergison (Heather Trott).

Christopher Biggins (I’m a Celebrity winner, as well as Porridge, I, Claudius, On Safari, Rentaghost) has supported Diabetes UK for many years and was a guest at the Sister Act gala night with Alexandra Burke.

Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha supported our Community Champions project.

Brian Cox CBE (the star of X Men and Jason Bourne films) facilitated a gala reception for supporters after his Lyceum Theatre performance of Waiting for Godot and has visited our research facility at Dundee University.

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