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Inspirational South West volunteers attend Inspire Awards ceremony 2017


On 16 May, the nominees and winners of Diabetes UK’s South West Inspire Awards gathered at our south-west HQ in Taunton to celebrate the amazing achievements of just a few of our local groups, volunteers, fundraisers and other loyal supporters during 2016.

Phaedra Perry presented them with their awards and certificates. The ceremony was followed by a celebratory afternoon tea. Congratulations – and a huge thank you - to all our winners and nominees.




 Our winners and nominees with Regional Head Phaedra Perry, front left.



Campaigning and Influencing Award: Sandra Tweddell 

Sandra Tweddell has worked tirelessly to reduce the inequality of care for people living with diabetes. She is a Service Champion and coordinator of the Bristol Diabetes Support Network, providing people in Bristol with the care and information they need.

Young Person's Outstanding Contribution Award: Holly Howard 

Holly Howard from Bristol is the winner of the Young Person’s Outstanding Contribution Award. She and her father Gavin, who both have Type 1 diabetes, cycled from Weston-super-Mare to Margate and raised £10,000.

Fundraising Award: Sarah Boardman 

Sarah made a tough pledge in memory of her late boyfriend, who had Type 1 diabetes – to complete 100 challenges in her lifetime. She has walked the Dorset boarder, Hadrian’s Wall, and took on the Welsh 3000s (as many peaks as possible in a day), raising over £5,000 so far.

Esme Sharpnell Reaching Out and Connecting Award: Spencer Wimbleton 

In 2016 Spencer organised public meetings for the West Cornwall Group, is a lead Know Your Risk volunteer, working to deliver risk assessments in his community, and an active networker at local shows and events.

Supporting Diabetes UK Award: Sue Briggs 

Sue volunteers as a Diabetes Voice, sharing her story and inspiring others as a media volunteer. She was also a member of the Peer Support team, offering telephone and email support for people with diabetes before becoming involved in the Diabetes Support Forum

Supporting Others Award: Mendip Support Group 

Our local group for adults, children and families with diabetes has been running for seven years. In 2016 they organised trips for children and young people, and walks, coffee mornings and talks for adults.

Long Service Award: Stuart Walker 

Stuart has dedicated 20 years volunteering with Diabetes UK. He supports several family, children and adult care events a year. His work with our care events team has helped provide many people with diabetes with the opportunity to meet others, learn how to manage their diabetes and have fun at the same time.

Congratulations to all our nominees for their amazing achievements: Fundraising Award: Gaynor Kirby, Natalie Thomas, Angela and Jim Lodge and Aaron Nappin. The Esme Sharpnell Reaching Out and Connecting Award: Westbank Practice and Kim Kemp. Supporting Diabetes UK Award: North Devon Local Group and Forest of Dean Local Group. Supporting Others Award: Plymouth Sugar Zappers, Exeter Snack Pack and Stuart Walker.

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