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Donkey Derby and Vintage Gathering raises £80,000 over 15 years for local diabetes charity

The Donkey Derby and Vintage Gathering, in aid of Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, recently took place at Parkgate, Templepatrick. Over 1,000 attendees enjoyed the many family fun activities provided.

This year’s event raised £5,380 bringing organisers, the Irvine family’s 15 year total to a staggering £80,000 raised for the charity.

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in people of working age in the UK and is a major cause of lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke.

With the right treatment, knowledge and support people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life.

Naomi Breen, National Fundraiser for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, said:

‘I have worked with the Donkey Derby organisers, Harry Irvine and his family, for many years now and I am always struck by their passion to help others and help raise awareness about diabetes in their local community.

‘I would like to thank Harry and the wider family circle for all that they have done for over 15 years for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland. They have raised a phenomenal amount and helped so many people as a result.’

If you would like to find out about fundraising opportunities with Diabetes UK Northern Ireland then please email for more information.



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