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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

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.

12 February 2021

A tennis coach who lives with type 1 diabetes has swapped his racket for a rowing machine in a tough challenge to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.

Josh Golding (pictured), 28, decided to take on the challenge as a thank you and to boost funds for research.

The professional athlete, who coaches at Kettering Tennis Club, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was eight years old.

25 January 2021

An Ashby-de-la-Zouch man who lives with type 1 diabetes has swapped his regular gym classes for pounding the streets during national lockdown to keep fit and raise money for Diabetes UK. 

Matt Wells, 28, (pictured) set himself a challenge at the start of 2021 to ensure he kept fit and active and to raise money to support the Diabetes UK's vital work. 

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.

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