A DEDICATED local support group has raised £3,500 to fund ground-breaking research, support and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes.
The Limavady Diabetes UK Support Group raised the impressive sum by organising a number of events in the area, including a walk and street collection.
Mrs Susan Sim, the Treasurer of the Diabetes UK Limavady Support Group said: “The people of Limavady never fail to come out and support us but we were especially delighted to receive a total of £3,500 from the local community from our recent fundraising activities.
“The Limavady Support Group has been around for decades and I have seen first-hand the support and help that is available.”
“Just meeting with other people going through the same situation and chatting about life with diabetes can really help.
“We have guest speakers and events and do what we can to raise awareness about the condition.
“We have also provided funding for research projects in Northern Ireland.
“Not everyone likes to talk about their diabetes but as long as they know that they are not alone then that is good. “Everyone is welcome to our meetings and the Diabetes UK website (www.diabetes.org.uk) has lots of information that can also help.”
Receiving the cheque, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland’s National Fundraiser, Naomi Breen, said:
“I would like to thank the Limavady group for their fantastic efforts and the local community who came out to support the group.
“We would love to welcome new people to the group, it is the perfect opportunity to meet up and have a chat. The more we know about diabetes, the better we can fight it together.’
There are currently over 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.
Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, affecting more people than any other serious health condition in the UK - more than dementia and cancer combined.
Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition that requires constant management and it is often helpful to meet other people who have been through a similar situation.
They can offer understanding, help and support at an important time.
There is currently no known cure for any type of diabetes.
With the right treatment, knowledge and support people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life.
The Limavady Diabetes UK support group offers people with diabetes a chance to meet and share experiences with others. It is run by volunteers and typically meets on a bi-monthly basis, often with a speaker on a topic like diet or exercise.