Diabetes UK South West News

Welcome to our brand new South West Regional News page and a chance to celebrate what we’ve achieved with your help in the last few months. 

Do you have a news story you'd like to share? We'd love to hear your stories and feedback, get in touch with the team South.West@diabetes.org.uk 01823 448 260

19 August 2019

This spring, Holiday Inn Filton in Bristol played host to the first of our refreshed Type One Family Weekender events.

Thirty volunteers led and supported group activities. The event was also supported by nine healthcare professionals – also volunteers. They included paediatric diabetes specialist nurses, consultants and dietitians. South West volunteering and outreach manager Gemma Jackson also attended.

30 May 2019

Celebrating outstanding volunteers in the south west.

On Thursday 23 May we had the privilege of celebrating our Inspire Awards and what an incredible bunch of volunteers we have in the south west! It was so humbling to hear about the incredible work our volunteers are doing across the region.

24 April 2019

Zoe Lavery from Exeter is hoping to break a record when she enters the Swansea Half Marathon in June.

On Saturday, 23 June, Zoe, 27, will be joining a team of Diabetes UK runners in a bid to break the world record for the largest number of people with Type 1 diabetes to run a half marathon. Zoe, a specialist nurse, was diagnosed with the condition the previous year when she was training for the Brighton Marathon.

24 April 2019

Our new new figures show that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the south west has gone up from 299,299 to 306,267 since last year.

The highest prevalence of diabetes in the south west was in Swindon, where 7.59% were living with the condition, while the lowest was in Bath and North East Somerset, where 5 per cent of the population were diagnosed. The UK average was 6.8%.

24 April 2019

An award-winning garden designer from Wiltshire has helped create the first ever show garden in support of Diabetes UK.

Katherine Hathaway, who runs Larkhall Studios garden design practice in Chippenham, was inspired to create The Habit of Living Garden for the 2019 RHS Malvern Spring Festival, after supporting her father, who had Type 2 diabetes.

19 February 2019

A dynamic Cornwall diabetes group is looking for new members who want to learn more about diabetes and share that knowledge with others.

A monthly support group in Trelawney Community Hub in Camborne, coffee mornings in a doctor’s surgery in St Ives and conducting a survey in supermarkets into care for people with diabetes all feature on our West Cornwall Group’s packed programme this year.

30 January 2019

The founder of our South Bristol group has put his own Type 2 diabetes in remission, thanks in large part

When Mike Deane, 75, was diagnosed with the condition 18 years ago, it was a wake-up call. He changed his lifestyle, taking up walking, giving up smoking and eating more healthily.

29 January 2019

We are holding a free event in Weymouth on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 to help people with Type 2 diabetes l

The Living with Diabetes day at the Best Western Hotel Rembrandt will offer people the chance to attend workshops with a diabetes specialist nurse, podiatrist and dietitian, get practical up-to-date information and ask questions.

19 December 2018

We recently mounted a campaign in Dorset to call for an end to the postcode lottery affecting Flash Glucose Monitoring.

It played a key role in a nationwide Diabetes UK initiative pressing for this painless alternative to finger-prick testing to be made available on prescription across all areas of the country.

19 December 2018

A woman from Coleford in Gloucestershire ran the Cardiff Half Marathon this October in aid of Diabetes UK.

Becca Purvis, 24, took up the challenge of running the Cardiff Half Marathon in October after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just months earlier in January.

In the end, Becca raised £1,203, smashing the target of £1,000 she set herself.

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