2014 Newsletter



                                        2014 Newsletter

         Just does not seem possible that a year has passed since the last group newsletter but what a very busy year it was on the fund raising front. Five appearances on Cromer Pier with the group's Human Fruit Machine, Higher or Lower Card Game and the new Hunt Harry's Holiday Home, the replacement for our regular Balloon Race that due to rising costs became uneconomical to run, proved very popular with visitors and holiday makers alike. The fund raising equipment was transported to our annual visit to the Aylsham Show at Blickling and although a successful day it turned out to be a very wet one as well. Funds were also raised through a variety of other events and activities such as 'The Walk for Diabetes' at Felbrigg Hall on 8th June, which raised £2,157-67, and due to its popularity with walkers taking part, has been chosen again for 2015. 'The Arty Crafty Afair', which is to be renamed 'The Charity Fair' for 2015, at Garden Street in Cromer during August. Collections were also organised at various local supermarkets during the year, which again raised much-needed funds. Our thanks goes to the supermarkets that allowed us to collect at their stores and to everybody that helped with those collections.

We would particularly like to thank Bill and Janet Taylor, and Lee Mitchinson, for all of their hard work and dedication throughout the year in raising nearly £2,000 with their organised street collections.

The fundraising has allowed the group to support two of the Diabetes UK chosen research projects with a donation of £2,000 to each. One will evaluate the use of statins and ace inhibitors for teens with Type 1 at the University of Cambridge and the other involves diabetic retinopathy research at University College London. Also £5,000 is to be allocated to Diabetes UK General Research Fund.

We continue to support Norfolk children with diabetes by providing funding for them to attend holidays organised by Diabetes UK so they are able to be educated about the condition, and realise that it does not prevent them from doing all the things that children without diabetes can do. A donation of £2,000 goes to Diabetes UK Childrens Bursary Fund along with £750 each to the Kings Lynn KIWI group and The Norwich and District Youth Group for their adventure and support weekends.

We hope our monthly talks by specialist guest speakers proved both informative and enjoyable for all members attending the meetings. We are always open to suggestions and if there is any particular subject members would like to hear about please let us know. We are extremely grateful to all our speakers who freely give their valuable time and knowledge and please support us again in 2015 at the group's meeting venue in The Methodist Church Hall, Cromer.

The group works closely with The Clinical Commissioning Group on the needs of diabetic patients in North Norfolk, and what improvements to care are vitally needed. We have also continued to support the monthly local NHS training programmes for newly diagnosed Type 2's in 2014 with our extensive range of literature, which is also available at other events.

Once again the group's beautifully decorated Christmas tree was amongst others at the Fakenham Parish Church's Christmas Tree Festival, with all donations of £437-10 made to the group going towards our Children's Support and Adventure Holiday Fund.

Thank you to all our members, volunteers, and those who have made donations throughout the year, because without your support we would not be able to continue this valuable work.