News - Diabetes UK Northern Ireland

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12 September 2019

The Donkey Derby and Vintage Gathering in aid of Diabetes UK Northern Ireland is taking place at Parkgate, Templepatrick, on Saturday 14 September from 12.30pm.

This year the crowds can enjoy vintage tractors on display, lots of activities for children including face painting and wheelbarrow races, and there will be live music from Philip Strange.

The Irvine family knows all about diabetes and the impact it can have and have used the Donkey Derby to raise awareness and funds to help other families affected by the condition.

18 July 2019

A Senior Clinical Pharmacist from Northern Ireland has been selected as a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, to help transform care for people living with diabetes.

Rosemary Donnelly, a Senior Clinical Pharmacist in the South Eastern Trust was chosen for her passion and commitment for excellence in diabetes care.

18 June 2019

A father and daughter from Carnlough will put on a show to raise funds for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland at the McNeill Theatre, Larne on 27th June.

In 2017, Maeve McSparron, 24, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetesa serious, lifelong condition where blood glucose levels in the body are too high because t

10 June 2019

On Sunday 16 June cyclists will be taking on the ChallengeHer Cycling Sportive in aid of local charity Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.

This event was originally designed by women for women to take part in cycling but now the invite has been extended for men to join the challenge too. There are two routes available; 30 miles and 50 miles, and all proceeds will go towards supporting the diabetes community in Northern Ireland. There are over 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

Event organizer, Mary McConville, said: ‘The ChallengeHer Cycling Sportive keeps on growing every year and we are really excited to be welcoming cyclists from al

10 June 2019

Diabetes Week is taking place from 10 to 16 June 2019 and aims to increase the public’s understanding of diabetes. 

This year, we are asking people to share five facts to help people see diabetes differently.

14 May 2019

New research released by us has found that seven out of ten people feel overwhelmed by the demands of living with diabetes, which significantly affects their mental and physical health.

The survey of more than 2,000 adults with Type 1, Type 2 and other types of diabetes from across the UK shows that the majority (three quarters) of those who feel overwhelmed say that this affects how well they can manage the condition.

Mental health and diabetes

29 March 2019

On Saturday 25 May the Limavady Support Group will be hosting their Walk for Diabetes from 2pm at the Roe Valley Country Park in Limavady.

Every year Diabetes UK Northern Ireland supporter groups launch Walks for Diabetes right across the province to mobilise local communities to come together to get active, and raise awareness about diabetes.

29 March 2019

On Saturday 18 May the Dungannon Support Group will be hosting their ever-popular Walk for Diabetes from 11am in Dungannon Park.

Every year Diabetes UK Northern Ireland supporter groups launch ‘Walks for Diabetes’ right across the province to mobilise local communities to come together to not only get a

28 March 2019

A Dungannon woman and her running partner are running two marathons for Diabetes UK and HUGS (Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus) and have organised a special Texas Hold’em poker night on Friday 5 April at the Tullysaran Community Centre.

Rebecca Irwin and Vincent Conlon are taking on the Belfast City Marathon and the Dublin Marathon within nine months to help raise awareness about diabetes.

05 March 2019

Kim Armstrong is taking on the swimming challenge of the year, Swim 22, between 22 February and 22 May because her daughter, Joanne, was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Kim, who is a nurse, said: “When my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes it was a real shock, it came out of the blue.

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