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Midlands Inspire Award winners celebrated

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

Hayley Gedney

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.

The winners were:
Jeff Clarke - Campaigning and Influencing
Susan Bradley - Campaiging and Influencing
Birmingham Parents - Local Group and Community
Alison Currie - Long Service
Dr Ann Comley - Long Service
Keith Spurr - Reaching Out and Connecting
Jit Pundal - Reaching Out and Connecting
Sajda Kauser - Supporting Diabetes UK
Graeme Smith - Supporting Diabetes UK
Hayley Gedney - Supporting Others (pictured)

Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK Midlands and East Regional Head, said:

“Our volunteers and fundraisers are out there working hard in the community day in and day out. Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without their incredible support and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of our volunteers for the enormous difference they make every day.”

The Inspire Awards celebrate Diabetes UK’s dedicated volunteers who campaign to improve the quality of care available to people with diabetes; fundraise for pioneering research; raise awareness to stem the rising tide of diabetes; and provide vital peer support and connection to others living with all types of diabetes within their local communities.

This year our Inspire Awards ceremony took place online, for the first time, due to Covid-19.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK, or to join a local support group, please email

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