Diabetes support group is awarded prize

Stuart Easby and Helen Horn
Stuart Easby and Helen Horn
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PARENTS who run a diabetes support group in Portsmouth have won a volunteering award.

The Diabetes UK south east Hampshire families group called Seahawks, won the Inspire Awards in the local groups and community category at the charity’s regional Volunteering Conference.

It won because the group meets regularly so parents can talk to others who have had similar experiences and know how looking after a child with diabetes can affect the whole family.

Each year the committee members organise an education day which consists of entertainment for children and workshops given by diabetes specialists for adults covering issues such as carbohydrate-counting and planning on holiday.

Chairman Stewart Easby said: ‘It’s very nice and rewarding to be recognised for our fundraising activities and the support we offer people who care for a child who has Type 1 diabetes.

‘The feedback from people who have gained support from our group over the years has been rewarding and it’s an encouraging reminder of why we give up our spare time and share our experiences to help others coping with a child who has this serious lifelong condition.’

To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK, email south.east@diabetes.org.uk or call 01372 720148.