Newsletter 2016

                             NEWSLETTER 2016


It does not seem like twelve months has passed since we were producing the 2015 newsletter, time seems to move on so quickly.

Since then, although fundraising efforts this year have been as busy as in the past, and also with the weather kind to us whilst on Cromer Pier and at Sheringham Carnival, amounts raised were lower than the previous year. However very successful days were had at the Aylsham Show and our Charity Fair in Cromer. The group was represented at the Cromer and Aylsham Christmas Lights events where funds were raised selling crafted items and running a lucky dip. It was a lovely day for the 2016 'Walk for Diabetes' at Sheringham Park which raised nearly £700.00, and here we would like to thank all the walkers that took part and their sponsors which made it all possible. The 2017 event will be again at Sheringham Park on the 25th June so please come along and help make the event even bigger and better than before.

Bill and Janet Taylor along with Lee Mitchinson have also carried on their sterling work throughout the year with their own organised street collections, which, as always have been very well supported and we pass on our grateful thanks to them.

The group's own organised supermarket collections went extremely well with collections at Sainsbury’s in North Walsham, Budgen’s in Aylsham and Holt, and Morrison’s in Cromer and Fakenham, these also helped to raise the profile of the group.

The Mundesley Festival.  For 33 years the Norfolk coastal resort of Mundesley has held a week long summer Festival that also raises funds for nominated charities, with Diabetes UK being their choice for 2016. We were obviously very thrilled about this but sadly with organiser Derek Kirk retiring this was to be the last year of the festival. Never the less a fantastic job was done by Derek Kirk and his band of volunteer helpers in organising such a complex and successful event with brilliant entertainment each evening that raised a magnificent £1297 for Diabetes UK. Committee members from our group were present each evening with literature and advice for those audience members that were interested.

Support for research and young people with diabetes. With these collections and donations from many individuals and organisations we have again been able to adopt two more research projects recommended by Diabetes UK which are titled 'Banking on Retinopathy Research' led by Dr. Marcus Fruttiger at University College London and 'Imaging the Kidney in Diabetes' led by Professor Richard Coward at the University of Bristol, with £2,000.00 being allocated to each of these projects. Further information on the research projects may be found on the main Diabetes UK website. In addition we continue to support the good works done by the Kings Lynn K.I.W.I. Group and The Norwich and District Diabetes Youth Group with £750.00 donated to each for their adventure and support activities. This year we funded two children to attend Diabetes UK's holidays and £1,500 was donated to the Diabetes UK's Children's Holiday Bursary.

N.H.S. links.  Our work with the local Clinical Commissioning Group's Community Engagement Panel continues and an update of their work will be presented at the group's meeting on April 27th 2017. With our presence and range of literature we continue to support the N.H.S. Type 2 newly diagnosed sessions, (to which numbers continue to increase), at Aylsham and Kelling .

Monthly talks programme.  The monthly meetings with guest speakers will continue as before during 2017, details can be found on the events page of the website.

Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival.  The final attended event of 2016 was the Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival. Unfortunately Jackie and Mick Greenhalf who have done the ground work for our participation over the past thirteen years that enabled the group to display a tree at the festival, are no longer in a position to do so. Therefore we should really appreciate learning of anybody interested in continuing the excellent work that Jackie and Mick have done either by contacting them or Jackie and David whose details can be found on the home and about us pages of the website.

2017 activities.  On a final note, it is with great regret that our Chairman, John Simmons, will be stepping down at the group's A.G.M in 2017. To enable the Group to move forward we require a new Chairperson, so if that person is you or someone you know please let us know as soon as possible. In the interim Mick Greenhalf is prepared to cover the post (for a limited period only) to enable a new Chairperson to settle in. Due to personal reasons and the other commitments of our small committee and our few number of helpers we have had to reduce the number of fundraising events for 2017, so please if you or you know of anyone wishing to join the committee or having any spare time to help do give us a call, again contact details can be found on the home and about us pages. Fundraising events will be reviewed again for 2018.

Thank you to all our members, those who have made donations throughout the year, our guest speakers who give their time so freely, the local newspapers for their advertising and everyone else that has supported us throughout the year.