Diabetes is a complex, progressive condition that affects people of all ages. It occurs when the body can no longer produce insulin, or produces insufficient insulin to breakdown the glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps the glucose to enter the cells where it is used as fuel by the body. It is a series condition that left untreated can lead to visual impairment and blindness, progressive renal failure and damage to nerves particularly in the lower limbs, increased risk of stroke and coronary heart disease and reduced life expectancy. If you have diabetes, know someone with diabetes, have a family history of the condition, or simply want to know more about the condition, then take the time to find out more ...

Becky Botham, daughter of legendary cricketer Ian Botham, who has lived with Type 1 diabetes since the age of 9, will be one of many guest speakers at the “Living with Diabetes Day” organised by The Stephanie Marks Appeal and supported by sonofi-aventis. The day is aimed at patients, partners, parents, carers and friends faced with diabetes. Registration from 09:30am, programme starts at 10:00am – 16:00pm on Saturday 20th May 2006 at Sir William Perkins’s School, Chertsey (where Stephanie was a student). There will be a full programme of talks, demonstrations and exhibitors addressing all aspects of diabetes.

The day will cover everything from the latest facts and findings, to diet and lifestyle. People can meet celebrities with first-hand experience of the condition, and hear motivational stories that will ensure they leave informed and inspired. “I think this is an excellent way of getting people to be more aware of diabetes and I am delighted to be involved,” said Becky.

Richard Lane OBE will also be sharing his experiences at the “Living with Diabetes Day”. He was diagnosed as a diabetic in 1976, from which time he has been treated with insulin, mainly by injections but ultimately with an insulin pump. He has recently received three Islet Cell Transplants at King’s College Hospital in London, becoming the first diabetic in the UK to become totally “insulin independent”. Richard is a Chartered Accountant who retired in December 2003 as a senior partner in BDO Stoy Hayward. He is 62 years old, and is married to Paula who is a piano teacher, they have two children. He has always lived in Bromley, Kent.

Put the date in your diary now. Look out for details in the press and advertisements around local towns supported by Ashford & St. Peter’s NHS Trust. Places are limited to 300 and booking in advance is advisable. Whilst children are welcome to attend the talks and demonstration, there will be a kids club on-site run by the Chertsey Playscheme for children aged 5-12, allowing parents, carers and grandparents the opportunity to listen and talk to the exhibitors. Adults £6, Senior Citizens £4, Kids Club £5. Hot and cold lunch available. Ring 01932 722330 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information about the Stephanie Marks Appeal visit www.stephaniemarks.org.uk

 

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