Congratulations to Beth Baldwin, who received the Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes People’s Award at an awards ceremony in Guilford on Wednesday 18 October.
The QiC Diabetes ‘People’s Award’ recognises the outstanding work of carers, campaigners and fundraisers from across the UK, who make a real difference to people living with diabetes.
Beth’s son Peter, 13, passed away from undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes in 2015. Since then, Beth, her husband Stuart and Peter’s sister Lia, 12, have campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of the condition, hosting a multitude of fundraising events and presenting to Assembly Members at the Senedd.
The family have so far raised over £70,000 for Diabetes UK Cymru and helped to launch the ‘Know Type 1’ campaign last summer to raise awareness of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.
The award was presented to Beth by Diabetes UK Trustee Bob Swindell. Good Morning Britain's Dr Hilary Jones presented the ceremony and drew special attention to Beth's amazing work in his speech.
This is not the first time Beth has been celebrated for her work. This summer she was named the UK’s Best Volunteer Fundraiser at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Awards in London. In 2015 she won Wales’ Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards.
“A real privilege”
Beth Baldwin said: “I’m honoured to receive this award. Knowing that the diabetes community voted for me means so much. It is a real privilege to be part of such an inspiring and proactive movement.
“We will continue to campaign until outstanding diabetes care is a part of healthcare services across Wales and the rest of the UK. This award is a testament to the young man Peter was and shows how one person can make a real, lasting difference.”