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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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

08 January 2021

A primary school teacher is running from his hometown of Bramcote to Dunkirk to raise money for Diabetes UK and raise awareness and understanding of type 1 diabetes.

Father-of-four Andy Granville (pictured) is taking on the 288-mile gruelling challenge in April. He was inspired by his youngest daughter Esmé, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2019 aged just four years old.

26 October 2020

Seven schools in the region 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 it takes to include them in all school activities. 

23 September 2020

A former Premier League footballer, who has seen the impact of diabetes first-hand, has joined up with Diabetes UK.

George Elokobi, 34, now lives with his young family in Essex and wants to share his passion for healthy living, emotional well-being and overcoming obstacles to support and inspire people living with diabetes.

24 August 2020

A father-of-three, who is walking to transform his health and reduce his risk of developing type 2 diabetes, is tackling the One Million Step Challenge to raise funds

Jeremy Cowell, 54, (pictured) is committed to getting as fit as possible and losing a total of 18 stone in around 18 months to improve life for himself and his family.

His aim is to reach the weight he was when he married wife Kylie, and having shed seven stone this year, the couple are already reaping the benefits of Jeremy’s increased mobility and zest for life.

04 August 2020

The mother of a teenage girl diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during lockdown is tackling the One Million Step Challenge to raise funds for our vital work.

Clare Abbis, 42, who has 13-year-old twin daughters Lauren and Sophie and 11 year old Emily, says her life was turned upside in May this year when Sophie (pictured) suddenly became very unwell.

23 July 2020

Diabetes UK has recognised the volunteers who work every day in their communities across the region to support people living with diabetes.

These incredible supporters received inspire awards to recognise the variety and depth of vital support they offer in their communities.

A wide range of activities from fundraising and running peer support groups to event management and campaigning are carried out daily.

02 July 2020

A Sleaford man, who reconnected with his love of cycling during the coronavirus pandemic, is set to cycle 100km to raise awareness and boost funds for Diabetes UK.

Mike Goldacre, 47, was a keen cyclist in his teenage years, but when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1993 his hobby was neglected as he struggled to manage the condition.

When Mike was furloughed from his job as an engineering and manufacturing manager he decided to dust off his bike and get back out on the road.

15 June 2020

Diabetes UK and health providers across Coventry and Warwickshire are working together to support people living with type 2 diabetes.

The initiative between NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Warwickshire North CCG and NHS South Warwickshire CCG aims to ensure 5,600 newly diagnosed people have key information available to support them to manage their condition and help them live healthier lives.

11 February 2020

People with type 2 diabetes 50% more likely to die prematurely and we are urgently calling on Government to tackle obesity.

We are releasing new analysis that shows that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the Midlands has increased from 660,689 to 677,636 since last year. 

In the UK 3.9 million people are currently living with a diagnosis of diabetes, and 90% of those with type 2 diabetes

09 January 2020

An intrepid mum of a teenager who lives with type 1 diabetes has reached the summit of Africa’s highest mountain.

Sue Bradley, from Telford, took on the gruelling feat with her partner Matt to raise money for Diabetes UK and awareness of the reality of living with type 1 diabetes. They have raised more than £7,000 to date.

Sue’s son Ollie, 15, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was seven years old. 

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