Inspirational Newry and Mourne volunteers win Diabetes UK award

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Friday, August 9th, 2019
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The Newry and Mourne Support Group has won the Inspire Award for working tirelessly to support people living with diabetes in their local area.

The Diabetes UK Newry and Mourne Support Group was presented with the award at a ceremony held in the Island Civic Centre in Lisburn.

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The Diabetes UK Newry and Mourne Support Group has been providing support in the local area for over 20 years and has raised a phenomenal £203,000 over those years, directly helping families in Northern Ireland affected by diabetes.

 

 

They hold regular meetings and recently held a popular Living with Diabetes Day, which reached out to new families in the area who got to hear from guest speakers and receive information on how to manage the condition.

Collecting the award on behalf of the Newry and Mourne group, Sally Griffin said, “We are so happy to receive this award and would like to thank everyone who nominated us. Our group started so long ago and we are proud to still be standing, stronger than ever, helping families in the Newry and Mourne area living with diabetes.

“I think of all the children with Type 1 diabetes and their parents who reached out to us for help, the many people all at different stages in life and in need of a support group who just understood how they felt and we were able to help in a real and meaningful way.

“It has been a privilege for us to help so many people and we look forward to doing it all over again, year after year,” she added.

 

 

The Inspire Awards recognise the invaluable contribution of the volunteers and groups that go above and beyond for people with diabetes.

Diabetes can affect anyone − in Northern Ireland there are over 100,000 people living with diabetes. Its impact and complications can be devastating, causing blindness, amputations, even early death, but with the right treatment, knowledge and support people with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life.                                                                                                                                               

Cathaoir McDermott, Interim National Director at Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, said, “It is clear to see how much the Newry and Mourne Support Group care about people with diabetes, how much they want to help and how passionate they are about what they do in the local area.

 

 

“They never give up and have undoubtedly helped so many families in their journey with diabetes. The group has so many years of experience and both personal and professional knowledge about this relentless condition that is a huge benefit to those who rely on them for help and support.

Cathaoir  added, “We couldn’t do what we do without the work of our amazing support groups, thank you for helping us work towards a world where diabetes can do no harm.”

To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK please go to www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Volunteer/

 

 

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