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Janet Turner vistis Downing Street Janet Turner visits Downing Street

Our Chair, Janet Turner, recently received a surprise message. She said, “All of sudden I got this invitation out of the blue that the Prime Minister wanted to invite me to Downing Street. I looked at it and at first I thought it was a joke.”

Theresa May, who like Janet has diabetes, thanked her and other volunteers for their roles in raising awareness about diabetes.

Janet is pictured outside Number 10 with Chris Askew, the Chief Executive of Diabetes UK.

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Susan Dunnett receives Lawrence medal Susan Dunnett receives Lawrence medal

Susan Dunnett was recently presented with the Robert Lawrence medal which is awarded to people who have lived with diabetes for sixty years.

The medal commemorates Dr Robert Lawrence who co-founded the Diabetic Association, now known as Diabetes UK, with H.G. Wells in 1934.

The photo shows Susan receiving her medal from Peter Shorrick, who is the Head of Diabetes UK for the Midlands Region.

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Diabetes Awareness Day Diabetes Awareness Day

Diabetes Awareness Day was held in Leamington Town Hall in June.

The South Warwickshire Diabetes UK Group organised the all-day event to raise awareness and understanding of diabetes.

The photo shows the Mayor of Leamington and her escort attending the event.

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Chris Askew Visit Chris Askew Visit

In May we were pleased to welcome the Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, Chris Askew, to our meeting.

Chris presented Brenda Gutteridge, a long standing member of Diabetes UK, with the John Macleod medal for living with diabetes for seventy years.

Chris sent an email after the event:

"Many thanks for such a warm welcome this evening and great to see such a strongly supported Group, thanks to your hard work.

I hope the presentation was pitched ok and certainly, it was great to have the chance to talk with people afterwards.

Thank you again and good luck with your ongoing great work in support of Diabetes UK; we’re very grateful!"

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Islet Research Islet Research

Our Group has supported the Islet Research Laboratory in Worcester for several years.

We recently gave a further donation of £4,500.

Islets, which are groups of cells found in the pancreas, sense sugar in blood and release insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes is caused when the body mistakenly destroys these cells, meaning insulin is no longer produced.

By monitoring islet cells closely, the Research Laboratory is hoping to find new ways to treat diabetes patients in the future.

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Quiz Night Quiz Night

Our Quiz Night held at Kenilworth Wardens Cricket Club in March raised approximately £600.


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Awareness Event Diabetes Awareness Event

Our Group was asked to attend an Awareness event at National Grid H/Q in Warwick.


David, Janet and Donna went along, handed out leaflets and answered many questions.


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Under Diabetes UK’s “Adopt a Project” scheme, our group support the work of the Islet Cell Research Laboratory in Worcester. Donations made so far exceed £40,000.

A similar sum has also been donated to diabetes research.


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