Newsletter 2015

             NORTH NORFOLK GROUP NEWSLETTER - 2015                                      

The Group has had another busy year, albeit the weather again restricted our appearances on Cromer Pier with The Human Fruit Machine, for those of you that have'nt seen it before it is based on the one arm bandits found in amusement arcades, and at the Aylsham Show which was another washout. Let’s hope 2016 will be kinder to us. We held our annual visit to the Cromer Open Day and our Charity Fair in August was again very successful. A new venue for us was the Aylsham Christmas Lights event which proved a good fundraiser, selling crafted items and running a lucky dip. Any extra help on the Pier during 2016 would be very much appreciated.

We had a lovely day for the Walk for Diabetes at Felbrigg Hall and raised £1,071.00. The 2016 event will be moving to Sheringham Park on the 26th June so please come along and help make the event bigger and better than ever.

Our street collectors Bill and Janet Taylor and Lee Mitchinson continued their sterling efforts and it gave us great pleasure in inviting them to the August meeting where they were presented with a certificate for raising over £10,000.00 during the last five years.

The group's Supermarket Collections were well supported with collections at Sainsbury’s of North Walsham, Budgen’s in Aylsham and Holt and Morrison’s at Fakenham, but a special thank you goes to Morrison’s in Cromer who allowed us a full week collecting in store with a wonderful £1,000.00 raised.

With these collections and donations from many individuals and organisations we have again been able to adopt two more research projects, one is aimed at improving glucose control in non-critically ill inpatients with Type 2 diabetes and the other is researching the fundamental characterisation of novel islet G-protein couple receptors as drug targets for the treatment of diabetes with £2,000.00 being allocated to each of these projects and a further £2,000.00 to the Children’s Holiday Bursary. In addition we continue to support the good works done by the Kings Lynn KIWI Group and the Norwich and District Diabetes UK Youth Group with £750.00 each for their adventure and support activities. We have also allocated £2,000.00 to the Diabetes UK General Research Fund and will again help fund local youngsters with diabetes to attend the Diabetes UK organised support holidays in 2016.

Our work with the local Clinical Commissioning Group continues and we hope to see work being done to improve the needs of diabetic patients in this area. We also continue to attend the newly diagnosed Type 2 meetings at Kelling and Aylsham to give our support with a range of literature.

Our monthly meetings are well supported and we have a good variety of speakers but if there is a subject you would like to see included please let us know.

Our last two events of 2015 were the Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival and the Cromer Christmas Lights event with both of them helping to boost our funds immensely and this year we also had our name displayed on Cromer’s “Alternative Christmas Tree”.

On a final note, it is with great regret that our Chairman, John Simmons, will be stepping down during 2016. The search is now on for a replacement Chairperson so if you are interested in this position or would like to join the Committee please let us know.

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