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Our high-profile supporters

We’re proud to be working with so many talented high-profile supporters, who are just as passionate about creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Our high-profile supporters help us in so many ways. They also champion us to a bigger audience, and help us spread the message of the seriousness of diabetes. 

Music

Lee Latchford-Evans, a member of pop group Steps, was the face of our 1 Million Steps Challenge in 2018. He helped us inspire our supporters to take part and help us raise money.

Mike Rutherford, Genesis guitarist, and his wife have supported us for many years. They currently chair The Banting Circle, our exclusive giving club.

Gospel singer Annastasia Baker, whose daughter Nevaeh has Type 1 diabetes, played a set at our Inspire awards in 2016. In 2017 Apache Indian, Handsworth’s hip-hop and bhangra crossover artist, performed for us. 

Our other high profile supporters in Music who offer us amazing support include Melanie C, Alexandra Burke, Cara Dillon, Amelia Lily and Mari Wilson. 


Sport

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England rugby internationals, Chris Pennell and Henry Slade both have Type 1 diabetes and support us. Chris made us one of the charity beneficiaries of his testimonial year.

Tottenham Hotspur FC all-time great Gary Mabbutt MBE has supported us for over a decade including our recent Putting Feet First campaign. Other footballers that give us great support are Ben Coker, Scott Allan, Jack Muldoon as well as commentator James Fielden and Welsh futsal international Chris Bright. 

Muhammad Ali is the first British boxer with Type 1 to be given a pro licence and has helped us by telling us his story.  

Other sports stars that have supported us through the years are Sir Steve Redgrave, Mark Ramprakash MBE, Robin Cousins, Alan KernaghanTim Atkins and professional cyclist Sam Brand


Health and fitness

Rosemary Conley CBE, fitness and diet guru, has supported us since 2008, along with Dr Hilary Jones who has supported us for over a decade and lent us his voice for our Safe in Schools campaign. 

We’ve also received wonderful support from Derrick “ Mr Motivator” Evans, and personal trainer and choreographer Steve Agyei


Food

Our Food You Love campaign that encourages healthy eating was backed by Jamie Oliver MBE, Prue Leith CBE, Cyrus Todiwala OBE and Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi who gave us exclusive recipes. 

This Morning’s Phil Vickery wrote an award-winning cookbook all about Type 2 diabetes. The Hairy Biker’s Si King has also contributed to our publications and took part in our 100 things I wish i'd known about diabetes book. 

Rustie Lee, the celebrity television chef, has also lent us her voice for our food campaigns. 

TV and radio

Presenter Phillip Schofield has been an enthusiastic supporter and voiced our new What is Diabetes films as well as giving advice in the 100 things I wish I’d know about diabetes book. 

Alex Ritson, who has Type 1 and Justin Web, BBC reporters, both presented Best Circle events at our offices. While Dominic Littlewood, Iain Dale (who both have diabetes) and JP Devlin have all attended some of our events in support. 


Comedy 

Grumpy Old Men star Arthur Smith wrote a regular column in our quarterly member's magazine, Balance. 

Colin Leggo helped us in our Putting Feet First campaign by opening up about his Type 1 diagnosis and his subsequent amputation. 

We’ve also had incredible support from Ed Gamble, who backed Diabetes Week and Joe Pasquale who ran the London Marathon and sky-dived for us. 


Stage and screen 

We’ve had some incredible support from actors across stage and screen. Soap stars from EastEnders including Elinor Crawley, Annette Badland, Cheryl Fergiso and Jonny Labey, as well as Coronation Street stars Carl Rice, Lisa George and Sue Cleaver who have all helped and supported us. 

Christopher Biggins, Gurinder Chadha, Brian Cox CBE and the late Sir Rodger Moore have also helped and supported us through the years.
 

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