A local support group have put their best feet forward for this year’s national Diabetes Week with a walk to raise awareness of the condition.
The Ribble Valley Diabetes UK Group organised a ‘Walk and Talk’ evening at Clitheroe Castle on 14 June in partnership with the Ribble Valley Borough Council’s ‘Up and Active’ programme, to raise awareness of diabetes and the role fitness plays in managing the condition.
Sue Riley, 68, a member of the group, from Clitheroe was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2006. She manages her condition through diet and exercise as well as medication and this year completed her fourth Great Manchester Run raising money for the charity.
Sue said: “Exercise is a really good way to keep fit and for people living with diabetes, whether Type 1 or Type 2, it’s important to eat well and exercise to help manage your condition, so this is a great opportunity to come together to talk about diabetes, raise awareness of the condition and get a little exercise.”
Volunteers were on hand to offer information and support for people who are living with diabetes, have been recently diagnosed or are at risk.
Michelle Kelly, Senior Volunteer Lead for Diabetes UK, added: “Group walks are a great opportunity to explore the area you live in with family or friends and the beauty of these walks is that anyone of any age can take part.”
“Support and information is vital for people living with diabetes, helping people take control of their condition and live long and healthy lives. A big thank you to everybody involved.”