Raising awareness is a key part of our work in the Midlands Region and our Media Officer, Emma Edwards is dedicated to getting our voice heard throughout the counties.

Working with local and regional newspapers, TV stations and radio stations, our voice has been heard throughout the counties.

If you have a story, please contact Emma on 01376 505243 or email emma.edwards@diabetes.org.uk.

17 March 2022

Diabetes UK and Mansfield Town Football Club are hoping to show diabetes the red card with a match day event at the club’s home ground One Call Stadium.

On Saturday 19 March when the Stags welcome Stevenage to Nottinghamshire, Diabetes UK employees and volunteers will be there to offer guidance, information and support on all things relating to the condition.

Roy Bustin, Diabetes UK Volunteer Co-ordinator in the Midlands, said:

12 January 2022

Shelby Sangha, 22, lives in Wolverhampton and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May 2016 while studying for her A Levels.

“I remember thinking,  I'll be okay. Nobody else around me has it, my mom and nan have type 2 diabetes but I didn’t know anyone who had type 1. I remember thinking I can just carry on as normal.

12 November 2021

A Northampton man is celebrating living with type 1 diabetes for 40 years with a physical challenge to support our work and raise awareness of diabetes.

James O’Neill, 52, was diagnosed with the condition just before his teenage years and says it was a real struggle to manage his diabetes.

James said: “I collapsed on the football pitch, at the time I only weighed around five stone and I was really poorly. I found managing my condition every day quite difficult and I certainly didn’t take good care of myself.

05 October 2021

We've started free physical activity classes for people living with diabetes, both online and face-to-face.

Get Moving with Diabetes UK 

If you’re living with diabetes and finding it hard to get active in your day-to-day life, we’re here to help. We understand that it can be difficult to find the motivation to move more, and that sometimes it can be hard to know where to begin - especially if you’re new to exercise.  

21 July 2021

Five schools across the Midlands have won an award for providing great care to children and young people with type 1 diabetes. 

They were chosen for the Diabetes UK Good Diabetes Care in School Award 2020 because of the support they provide to students with the condition, the help they offer to manage their diabetes safely, and the care they take to include them in all school activities. 

14 July 2021

We're partnering with Staffordshire & Shropshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme to deliver essential diabetes care advice.

During these difficult times, many people are worried about going to appointments. Missing vital diabetes health checks can lead to delayed treatment and increased risk of diabetes-related complications.

17 June 2021

A Grantham business owner and three friends are swapping their desks for kayaks and bikes to raise money for charity this summer.

The team of four plan to kayak 160 miles along the River Thames from its source in Lechlade to central London. They will then be jumping on bikes and cycling 150 miles back up to Lincolnshire.

11 May 2021

New analysis released today by Diabetes UK shows that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the Midlands has increased from 677,636 to 700,610 since last year. 

In the Midlands, the area with the highest prevalence was Sandwell and West Birmingham where 9.58 per cent of people were diagnosed with diabetes, followed by Leicester City (9.36 per cent), and Walsall (9.33 per cent). The lowest in the Midlands was South Warwickshire with 6 per cent while the national average was 7.1 per cent.

01 March 2021

Diabetes UK, in partnership with Sport England, has launched an initiative to encourage and support people living with diabetes across the Midlands get more active.

Moving more when you have diabetes is an important way of managing your condition and making a few small changes in your daily life can give your health a real boost.

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