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Local group celebrates World Diabetes Day

The Coleraine Diabetes UK Support Group is marking World Diabetes Day on Sunday 14 November with an impressive donation of £7,000.

Throughout the pandemic, the Coleraine group adapted to new ways of reaching more people to offer their peer support by going online. This means they've been able to welcome more members to their group.

5 people holding a Diabetes UK poster in front of Coleraine Council building lit up blue for World Diabetes Day

Alastair Smith, the Secretary of the group, said: “The pandemic has highlighted how tough it is to live with diabetes. So it was so important for us to continue our work and be there for people living with diabetes during what was a really stressful and fearful time.

“Despite the restrictions and long periods of isolation, we were keen to continue to meet virtually. We talked about fundraising ideas, amongst other diabetes-related topics, and look forward to meeting in person again soon.

“We are delighted to donate £7,000 from our Support Group to Diabetes UK Northern Ireland. We've also selected three diabetes research projects to adopt. These research projects are being carried out at both Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast. We are so happy to be able to contribute to research that could make a real difference.”

The group was also delighted to hear that the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will light up in blue to show their support to the local diabetes community.


The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor, Richard Holmes, said: “I’m very pleased to support the hardworking members of the Coleraine Support Group ahead of World Diabetes Day. Cloonavin will light up in blue from 14th-16th November as we aim to shine a light on the work of the group and raise further awareness about diabetes.

“This year the annual campaign has an added significance as it is almost 100 years since the first successful injection of insulin. Work continues now to ensure access to diabetes care for all those who need it. We’re very lucky to have local volunteers who are committed to helping those with a diabetes diagnosis and their families.”

Naomi Breen, our Fundraising Manager for Northern Ireland said: “Our support groups across Northern Ireland are incredible. The people there know what it's like to live with a relentless condition like diabetes. They go out of their way to support and help others in their community. As a charity, we are so grateful for their energy, commitment and compassion, not to mention the difference they continue to make.

“We would like to thank the Coleraine Support Group and all those who supported their fundraising activities over what has been a very difficult year. Researchers at our local universities do an amazing job and to have their projects sponsored by a local group means so much. Thank you also to the Council for their support for going blue on World Diabetes Day and helping us raise awareness about diabetes.”

If you'd like to discover more about our Northern Ireland support groups, or how to sponsor research, please contact You can also contact the Coleraine Support Group.

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