An Immense Challenge…
- The Problem We Face.
Diabetes can cause devastating problems such as brain damage, strokes, blindness and heart attacks – and it is growing fast. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has doubled since 1996. There are now 3 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an unknown number of people with as yet undiagnosed diabetes. It is also known that for the great majority of people diabetes can be prevented or its effects greatly reduced by simple lifestyle changes.
- The Charity We Created.
And so Sugar Aware UK was formed as a registered UK charity with the goals of raising funds to support diabetes research and services, to support individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes and to raise awareness within local communities to the danger of the condition, the scale of the problem and the lifestyle changes that every single person should be making right now.
What We’re Doing…
- Fundraising via Diabetes Revolution – Our Vintage Charity Stores.
We raise funds through our charity stores. Thanks to fabulous local support we quickly outgrew our original premises and relocated to the Sovereign Centre in Boscombe where we launched our first “Diabetes Revolution” vintage charity store. At the end of August we will be opening our second “Diabetes Revolution” store in Poole town centre.
- Establishing Relationships with Diabetes Research Communities.
We have established relationships with two centres of diabetes excellence in Bournemouth Hospital and the University of Leicester to ensure that the information we provide is accurate and up to date.
- Providing Information and Support to the Local Community.
We have launched this website which, although still in its infancy, will be continually updated with information and news regarding our work and diabetes related research, activities and events both locally, nationally and worldwide.
With the support of the diabetes service at The University of Leicester we are about to launch a diabetes risk assessment and information service both online and in our shops in order to identify individuals who are at risk of developing diabetes. We will then be able to provide each person with information specific to their own circumstances that will not only highlight the areas of their lifestyle that need attention, but we will be able to offer support tailored to their own situation in order to enable them to reduce their overall risk. This will be rolled out online and in store towards the end of August.
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