News - Diabetes UK Northern Ireland

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11 February 2019

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland is calling on runners to take part in the Belfast City Marathon on Sunday 5 May 2019 and raise vital funds for people with diabetes.

There are currently 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

Diabetes is a serious condition, where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly.

07 February 2019

We are looking for healthcare professionals from Northern Ireland to lead improvements in diabetes care. We are searching for consultants, nurses, GPs, dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists and psychologists to take part in our Clinical Champions programme.

The award-winning initiative launched in 2014, in partnership with Novo Nordisk, to address the significant variation in p

06 February 2019

We are looking for people from Northern Ireland to take on the swimming challenge of the year, Swim22, between 22 February and 22 May.

As a Swim22 challenger you’ll swim an incredible 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel – in your local pool, while making a difference with each and every splash.

29 November 2018

Staff and customers from the Largy Road Mace recently held an in-store coffee morning in aid of Diabetes UK Northern Ireland and raised a fantastic £1,700 for the charity.

Owner, Patrick Hamill, would like to thank the entire Largy Road community for coming out in force to help support their coffee morning.

29 November 2018

Ballyclare woman and renowned harpist Susan Grace Bates will be putting on a Christmas Musical Evening at Stormont on Friday 14 December with students from the Susan Grace Bates School of Music. The music teacher has decided to donate all the proceeds to Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, because her brother has Type 1 diabetes and she wants to raise vital funds for a local charity close to her heart.

Susan explains, ‘My brother has been living with Type 1 diabetes for most of his life and the reality is that this condition has played a massive part in all of our lives as a family.

29 November 2018

The Diabetes UK Omagh Support Group is holding their annual Christmas Craft Fair in aid of the charity on Saturday 8 December in the Omagh Golf Club.

Group Secretary, Lorraine Reid, said, ‘Our Christmas Craft Fair is a great way to get the community together and enjoy the 20 stalls that will be in attendance.

15 November 2018

Maeve McSparron was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last year, an autoimmune condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot produce insulin. A year later, with excellent health care and a determination to keep her condition under control, Maeve arranged a workout session to celebrate her diaversary in her local gym in Larne.

Maeve explained, ‘Diabetes can be tiring, frustrating and scary. I found it very difficult to digest mentally.

14 November 2018

A gala ball to raise awareness and vital funds for Diabetes UK will be held at the awe-inspiring Titanic Belfast Ballroom on Saturday 18 May 2019. Q Radio Breakfast Show stars Stephen Clements and Cate Conway will be the hosts for the event.

Belfast woman, Clare Mitchell is organising the prestigious “Moth Ball” to help raise awareness of diabetes in Northern Ireland, because her father had Type 1 diabetes.

25 October 2018

Diabetes UK Omagh Support Group is hosting a ‘Living with Diabetes Day’ on Saturday, 10 November in the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh, 10am-3pm.

Local Western Trust healthcare professionals, Dietitians Siobhan Monaghan and Lesley Hamilton, will provide workshops on diabetes and diet as well as diabetes treatment pathways.

22 October 2018

A local support group has raised £3,500 to fund ground-breaking research, support and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

The Limavady Diabetes UK Support Group raised the impressive sum by organising a number of events in the area, including a walk and street collection.

Receiving the cheque, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland’s National Fundraiser, Naomi Breen, said, ‘I would like to thank the Limavady group for their fantastic efforts and the local commu

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