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Inspirational Cumbrian fundraiser's work celebrated after raising over £7,000 in memory of her son


A fundraiser from Cumbria has won a volunteering award in recognition of her work raising over £7,000 to help people living with diabetes.

Ginette Cuthbertson, 62, was presented with the ‘Fundraising Award’ at the Trout Hotel in Cockermouth, as part of the charity’s regional Inspire Awards.

The grandmother of 12 began raising money for the charity and awareness of the condition following her son Terry’s death in 2013 as a result of diabetes-related complications.

Ginette said: "Terry had an exciting life never letting his diabetes get in his way, Terry’s daughter Samantha also has Type 1 diabetes so I want to do all I can to improve her life and that of other diabetics. It was a great honour to receive my Inspire Award for myself, family and friends who all give their time to help at fund raising events"

Terry was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 3 and lived with the condition for over 26 years.

Ginette was presented with the award alongside friends and family who have supported her fundraising efforts which have included awareness days at the local Sainbury’s where Ginette works, raffles, sponsored silences and making craft items to sell at local fairs.

Maria Whittaker, Diabetes UK Regional Fundraiser said: “We are extremely honoured to recognise all of Ginette’s hard work and support in this way. Through our Inspire Awards we thank our volunteers, like Ginette, for their contributions and highlight the positive difference their work has made to the lives of people who are living with diabetes. Ginette is an inspiration and it is a pleasure to be presenting her with this award.”

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