November 17's Newsletter

November 2017’s Newsletter

Hi Everyone and welcome to Novembers newsletter, I am conscious we’ve not had one for a while so I’ll try to fill you in on everything that’s been going on.

28th October saw the annual 50+ Information Day at the Newport Leisure Centre, over 100 stalls with lots of information and freebies. We had a great day and a huge thanks to Valery, Sue and Helen for coming along during the day and keeping me company. A great day again and lots of information given out about diabetes and lots of people who took an interest in our group, fingers crossed we will see some new people as a result.

Back on the 1st October I took part in the London Bridges Challenge for Diabetes UK, 10 miles and 13 iconic bridges over the Thames, I started at the Bandstand in the centre of Battersea Park and zig zagged my way over the Thames to the finish line just over Tower Bridge. This was my second year with my first year taking 6 hours, this year I was determined to beat my time and with 3 months of training before hand I managed to complete this years challenge in 3 hours and 53 minutes, I was really determined not to cry at the finish line this year, but I failed and blubbed like a baby at the end! Out of relief and accomplishment. If you had asked me 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with diabetes I would never have thought I’d be able to walk such a distance but am so very proud of myself for doing so.

I want to thank everyone who sponsored me, together we raised £345 for Diabetes UK.

14th November is World Diabetes Day, celebrated on the 14th November every year and was created by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organisation in response to the growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. It’s a global campaign led by the IDF, this year’s theme is Women and Diabetes. Diabetes UK are running a “Thunderclap” campaign which is a campaign on social media to raise awareness of diabetes and to work towards a world where diabetes can do no harm, if you are interested in joining the Thunderclap follow Diabetes UK Cymru on facebook and twitter. If you post during the day remember to use the hashtag #WorldDiabetesDay

You are invited to the Launch of The Future Of Diabetes Report – Diabetes UK’s new report. Having heard from over 9000 people across the UK about what it’s like to love with diabetes and their hopes and fears for the future. The launch will deliver the findings to members of the public, organisations and Assembly Members in Wales.

Wednesday 15th November 12:30 – 2pm Conference Room C, Ty Hywel, National Assembly for Wales, if you would like to come along please contact Sara Moran at Diabetes UK Cymru, the Policy and Public Affairs Manager at  Lunch is provided so please make sure you make them aware of any dietary requirements when you are confirming your place.

Group night for November is 16th November 7-8:30pm, Leanne from Malmo Hearing will be our guest speaker for the night.





Future dates for your diary

21st December – Group meeting – Susan Waters and Jo Baker – DSN’s and Lisa Bailey Dietician for ABUHB.


January 18th – Foot research program findings and launch

February 15th

 March 15th

 April 19th

 May 17th

June 21st

 July 19th Group AGM

August 16th

September 20th

October 18th

November 15th

December 20th.

Suggestions for guest speakers would be welcome.