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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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01 November 2019

British GT4 Championship racer Ben Wallace from Southport, is raising awareness of diabetes and has donated £500 to leading charity Diabetes UK to support people affected by the condition.

The money was partly raised at this year’s Ormskirk Motorfest and Ben hopes he can help other people living with diabetes through his support of Diabetes UK.

01 November 2019

The Stockport Tadpoles Diabetes Group marked their 25th anniversary in October, celebrating 25 years of supporting families and young people affected by Type 1 diabetes.

The group, who meet once a month at the Edgeley Play Centre, were formed in 1994 to support families with children who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

The group, part of Diabetes UK, had only just formed when Deborah Spires, her husband Paul and their son Ashley joined shortly after Ashley had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 2.

26 September 2019

A woman from Warrington has taken part in the One Million Step Challenge for Diabetes UK after finding out she was at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.<

Sue, a quality development manager, said: “After finding out I was at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, I knew I wanted to make some lifestyle changes.

24 April 2019

We need your feedback on new guidelines that set out how people with lived experience should be involved in the planning, delivery and evaluation of diabetes services in the Northern region.

They have been co-produced with diabetes service users, people at risk, healthcare professionals and NHS decision makers.

The consultation is open from 24 April 2019 for approximately one month. 

04 February 2019

Helen Shepherd, from Huddersfield, will be taking on a five-month trek next spring to raise funds for Diabetes UK and raise awareness of the condition.


The 49 year-old will be looking to walk the length of the USA on the Pacific Crest Trail next year, 25 years after she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

The 2,650 mile, Pacific Crest Trail runs the length of the United States, through three states − California, Oregon and Washington.

12 September 2018

A Ripon councillor has completed his first half marathon after taking part in Sunday’s Simply Health Great North Run for Diabetes UK.

Councillor Stuart Martin, 62, took on the challenge after losing his father, Ronald, to diabetes-related complications and receiving his own Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

10 May 2018

Andrea Whiting, 47, from Bramley and Michelle Shore, 43, from New Wortley will be walking the equivalent of Leeds to Liverpool to raise funds for us.

The duo will be covering the 131 mile distance in round trips to and from Leeds across five consecutive days.

Andrea, a civil servant, said: “Michelle and I have been walking together for a few years now. It began as a way to catch up while also getting fit but we decided we wanted to push ourselves a little further. This will be the most challenging thing we’ve ever done.”

12 March 2018

A dad from Whitby, whose daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after falling ill on holiday in 2014, is taking on the challenge of a lifetime to run this year’s Virgin Money Londo

Dominic Shaw, 37, a quantity surveyor from Ruswarp was inspired to take on the gruelling 26-mile challenge on Sunday 22 April following the shock diagnosis of his daughter Poppy almost four years ago.

02 February 2018

A woman from Durham, who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 50 years has received a medal from leading charity Diabetes UK.

Christine Mordue, 66, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 15 years old, received the award from Diabetes UK in recognition of her courage and perseverance in handling the condition.

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