This week, Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne joined up with local resident Ashley Spires and his family to collect funds for Diabetes UK. The MP headed to Portwood Tesco in Stockport for the Diabetes UK ‘Big Collection’, where the team raised over £1,000.
Diabetes UK cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes, reaching people with diabetes in local communities across the UK.
There are currently 3.8 million people in the UK with diabetes, including an estimated 850,000 people who have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it. Nationwide, volunteers gave over 54,793 hours of their time in 2012.
The organisation that became Diabetes UK campaigned for the creation of the National Health Service and argued that people with diabetes should take an active role in managing their condition. In 1939 the first diabetes voluntary self-support group was set up. There are now over 400 local voluntary groups, providing support and information to people with diabetes across the UK.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I was delighted to join Ashley, his family and local volunteers for this collection in Stockport. The team did a fantastic job and raised an incredible amount for Diabetes UK.
“It is a fantastic achievement that will continue to fund the vital work that Diabetes UK does throughout our community and across the country.”