Newsletter 2017

 

                     NEWSLETTER  2017

It's that time of year again and we hope this newsletter will give you a small insight into some of the things we do to support local people with diabetes. The hard working members of your committee whose time, effort and work is given to the Group completely voluntary have had another busy year with nearly 50 events attended, many of them organised by the committee themselves.

Our 'Walk for Diabetes' at Sheringham Park on 25th June raised £700 and we wish to thank you all who took part, along with their sponsors, which made it all possible. A pleasant and busy fundraising day was held at the Aylsham show with a stall and a selection of games and thank you also to everyone that supported our coffee morning at Cromer Community Centre on 5th August.

Organised collections at various supermarkets throughout the local area have proved to be very successful this year and will be continued in 2018, these and other events will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

Following an application to Sainsbury's supermarket in North Walsham the Group was chosen as one of the three finalists for their Local Charity Partnership of the year. Although we were not chosen as winner of the Partnership, participation in the event helped raise the Group's profile. A further application was made to the Waitrose Community Matters scheme and the Group was chosen as one of their three local charities during June which raised £413. We would like to thank all of you that placed your little green tokens in the Group's box.

Throughout the year committee members have attended various Diabetes Awareness events, Diabetes Prevention meetings, Clinical Commissioning Group Community Engagement Partnership meetings and Newly Diagnosed sessions.

Attending these events has also helped to raise extra funds allowing us to donate £1,000 to The Norwich and District Diabetes Youth Group and £1,000 to The KIWI Group for their children's support events. £2,000 has been donated to the Diabetes UK research fund, £1,000 to the Diabetes UK Children's Holiday Bursary Fund and £2,000 to the chosen Adopt-a Project at Kings College London where Professor Peter Jones is researching to help improve islet transplants, full details of which can be found on our website and Facebook page.

Once again we would like to thank Bill and Janet Taylor along with Lee Mitchinson for their support and dedication throughout the year with their own organised street collections. Thanks also goes to all our guest speakers and individuals who have donated their time, support and funds to enable us to continue forward in 2018.

If anyone is interested in taking part in a local research project concerning insulin resistance run by Max Ruby at Norwich Medical School or helping to fund an application for an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research run by Wendy Hardeman, Phd MSc, from The University of East Anglia the details can be found our website, Facebook page or email diabetes.uk@hotmail.com We are able to supply the details of a charity called Listening Books that is offering a number of FREE memberships to adults and children in Norfolk that have the need to use audio books because they struggle to read or hold a book due to an illness, disability, mental health issue or learning difficulty. Again email diabetes.uk@hotmail.com, check our website or visit our Facebook page if you wish to know more.

Details of the monthly meetings for 2018 can be found on the website and Facebook page but please note there are no meetings in January, February or December.

Sadly our present Chairman Mick Greenhalf will be standing down at the end of 2018 so the search will be on for his replacement along with volunteers and new ideas for fundraising.

To keep costs down those of you who would like to receive future copies of the newsletter and programme by email please contact Secretary Jackie Neve at diabetes.uk@hotmail.co.uk or call 01692 405492, thank you.

 

                 We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.