Local diabetes group make £3000 research donation

Mayor Winchester diabetes UK

Winchester and Eastleigh Diabetes UK support group donated £3000 to a diabetes research project on the inner workings of blood vessels.

The Winchester Mayor Frank Pearson presented Diabetes UK with a cheque, on behalf of the Winchester diabetes group, towards research being carried out by Dr Aranzazu Chamorro Jorganes from Imperial College London. Damage to blood vessels is common in people with diabetes, and it can lead to complications such as sight loss. The research is looking to uncover new ways to restore blood vessels back to full health in people with diabetes.

Dave Pomfrey, Chair of the Winchester group, said:

‘We wanted to fund this research because one of our committee members knows someone with Type 1 diabetes who has become partially sighted in his early twenties. This research project appealed to the committee as eye problems can affect anyone living with diabetes. It’s fantastic to be in a position to make this donation to a project which could have a lasting impact on people living with diabetes. As well as raising money for important research projects such as these, the local group helps support local people living with diabetes and meets regularly. Please come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 11th June at the Dovetail Centre Chandlers Ford Methodist Church at 7pm, if you’d like to know more about the condition and how to manage it.’

Diabetes UK has been funding research for more than 80 years, leading to landmark discoveries which have transformed the lives of millions of people with diabetes. As the leading charitable funder of diabetes research in the UK, the charity continues to improve lives through pioneering research into all forms of diabetes and diabetes-related complications.

This research is now more important than ever before, as recent figures from Diabetes UK show the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes has doubled over the last 20 years.  There are currently 3.8 million people living with a diagnosis of diabetes in the UK.

Matt Hopkins, Senior Project Manager for diabetes remission at Diabetes UK, said:

‘The money raised by the Winchester group will help us fund this important research.  This continued investment in new research has only been possible thanks to our generous supporters, donors and members. In particular, we want to say a big thank you to the Winchester local group for their amazing efforts in raising over £3000 for the project.’

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