Diabetes volunteer to visit House of Lords

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A PORTSMOUTH woman who campaigns tirelessly for better diabetes services is set to be recognised at a presentation ceremony at the House of Lords.

Christine Edwards, 68, has qualified for the national Diabetes Voice nomination after she was presented with gongs at the regional The Inspire Awards.

The scheme was introduced to recognise the work of the 5,000 volunteers who support Diabetes UK across the country.

Christine, who is chairwoman of the City of Portsmouth Diabetes UK Voluntary group, is also a patient representative for diabetes.

She has also been working with Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery, to set up patient groups in the constituency via GP surgeries.

Christine said: ‘I was really shocked at winning and especially two awards, I felt that being nominated was recognition enough.

‘I feel my true reward has been helping people manage their own care, as a result of information and support provided by voluntary groups such as ours in Portsmouth.’

Christine will be attending the London ceremony on December 12.

Jill Steaton, regional manager for Diabetes UK South East, said: ‘Christine is an exceptional volunteer; without her support and generosity of time, we would be unable to support as many people with diabetes in Portsmouth.

‘We wish her the best of luck at the national awards next month – like all the other volunteer nominees she would be a very deserving winner.’

To volunteer, email south.east@diabetes.org.uk or call (01372) 720148.