After Surjeet was diagnosed with diabetes, he wanted to share his experiences and help others living with the condition. He helped found the Luton Diabetes UK group, which brings together people with diabetes to support each other and learn more about diabetes.
He became Chair of the Group three years ago, and he works closely with the other members of the committee. As well as monthly meetings, the Group organise fundraising activities for Diabetes UK, including running successful Walks in the Park for six years in a row, which have raised over £15,000.
Surjeet has also personally taken part in sponsored events for Diabetes UK, including an expedition to the Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas, which raised £4,000.
"I get particular satisfaction from supporting people to learn more about diabetes and how to care for themselves. Some of the money that I raised from my expedition to Everest was used to fund a place for a young person on a children's holiday so that they would have a chance to meet other young people with diabetes, to share and learn in a fun environment."
Surjeet has lots of plans for the future to continue the work that the Luton Group does. Their next project is to hold a large awareness event for their local south Asian community.