Life-long Southampton FC fan, historian and local musician, Chris Newman, is raising funds for Diabetes UK by putting on a special concert at the Concorde Club, Eastleigh on Tuesday April 18.
Diabetes is a huge and growing problem across the UK. There are currently over 12,000 people in Southampton diagnosed with the condition while the rate of diabetes-related potentially preventable amputations in the area is also high. The total amputation rate in Southampton is 4.6 %, above the national average of 2.6%.
Drummer and vocalist, Chris Newman has Type 2 diabetes. A keen and active supporter for Diabetes UK, Chris attended the charity’s ‘Putting Feet First’ workshop in Southampton last April about the importance of foot care in managing diabetes.
“Diabetes UK is my charity because they really helped me come to terms with my condition when I was diagnosed 4 years ago. Understanding diabetes is key to managing it and going to the foot care session last year was instrumental in helping me cope. It was a real wake-up call about how serious the complications can be to both feet and eyes, if it isn’t managed properly. I really encourage people living with diabetes in Southampton to take up any education courses that are on offer locally. Access to this kind of information is so valuable.
“I play drums so the concert is really about wanting to play rock n’ roll to a good crowd with the added bonus of raising money for Diabetes UK. We can still rock n’ roll with the very best. I am passionate about my music, very keen to raise awareness of diabetes and wanted to help in a positive way.”
Football-mad Chris is also a safety steward at Southampton FC and author of ‘Saints: The Glory Games’ – a book charting his personal lifetime memories following the club. He said:
“I started by writing on the fanzines then writing football articles for the local Daily Echo. I progressed to working with the Hagiology group [Southampton FC’s official historians] and continued by branching out on my own to pen my book. It’s all been a fantastic experience.
“I hope to see a few of my fellow stewards at the concert as well as some Saints and Eastleigh fans too. And of course, old school friends and fellow musicians. Everyone and anyone is welcome. It’s an honour to play at a historic venue like the Concorde Club and we’re hoping for a good turnout!”
Other local acts joining Chris on stage include: The Williams brothers, Sid Carter, Paul de Souza, Ray Drury and some special guests. There will be a raffle on the night with special prizes to be won. ‘It should be a blast’, says Chris.
Charlotte Harrison–Webb, Regional Fundraiser in the South East for Diabetes UK, said:
“Chris is planning a great show. His amazing fundraising efforts will raise funds for Diabetes UK’s research into pioneering treatments which help save lives.”