Eastleigh’s MP Mike Thornton, was among volunteers collecting on behalf of Diabetes UK at Tesco Bursledon on Saturday.
This was part of a ‘Big Collection’ weekend event at 300 Tesco stores nationwide designed to raise £300,000 to support the 3.2 million people living with diabetes in the UK and help find the further 630,000 who remain undiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Mike Thornton said:
“It’s wonderful that so many people are prepared to give up their spare time to collect for Diabetes UK”.
So many people have diabetes, or know someone who has diabetes or know someone who has diabetes and doesn’t even realise it.”
If you think you have any of the symptoms just have yourself checked over it doesn’t take five minutes
Also collecting were members of the Southampton and District Diabetes UK group including Ingrid McIntyre and Jim Nicholson.
Ingrid, a Bursledon resident, is a type 1, or ‘insulin dependent’ diabetic.
This is usually a life-long condition that starts in childhood.
Ingrid described how advances in managing the condition meant that for the last four years she has no longer had to worry about injecting herself with insulin – she showed me a small, discrete belt worn pump – about the size of a box of matches that maintains her insulin levels automatically.
Jim Nicholson, a keen photographer and a contributor to the Marwell Wildlife Photography Group has type 2 diabetes which is usually associated with lifestyle.
It is the most common type of diabetes and can sometimes be managed through lifestyle changes.
Jim said he was in denial over his diabetes for about four years despite having classic symptoms like constant thirst, tiredness – and says his partner – irritability
Jim said he treats his condition through diet and tablets and feels much better as a result and urged people who experience similar symptoms to get checked out.
Mike Thornton added:
“If you think you have any of the symptoms just have yourself checked over it doesn’t take five minutes.”
Designer John Munford who was also collecting has managed with type 1 diabetes for 53 years.
The Bursledon resident said he thought groups like Diabetes UK were very helpful and those who suspect they might have diabetes or those who have just been diagnosed, shouldn’t be worried or think they are alone:
“Don’t be frightened about it, it is something that happens.
There are a lot of people with it and a lot of support out there – with it you’ll get through.”
In addition to helping hundreds of thousands of people take action to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes, Diabetes UK say donations will also help fund investment into ground-breaking research for a Type 1 vaccine.
If you would like more information about the local Diabetes UK group please email Ingrid at: