Inspirational Wisbech man is named Diabetes UK Volunteer of the Year
- 24 April 2016
- Group News
A dedicated Wisbech charity volunteer who dedicates much of his free time to support Diabetes UK has won a top regional volunteering award from the charity.
Arthur Smart, 67, who is a former BT worker, was presented with the Bradley-Marc Elstar Award Volunteer of the Year award, in recognition of his hard work, at the charity’s regional Inspire Awards, held on Saturday April 23, at Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel, Hertfordshire.
Arthur was also presented with the Campaigning and Raising Awareness Award at the event. Last year Arthur won Supporting Others Award.
Arthur is a key member of the Wisbech Diabetes UK Local Group. But in addition to his tireless commitment to the group, Arthur shares his experience of living with Type 2 diabetes to help, support and educate others. He speaks at various events to raise awareness and understanding and also helps support the charity’s prevention work by undertaking risk assessments.
Sharon Roberts, Diabetes UK Eastern Regional Head, said “Arthur is a very worthy winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award. He goes above and beyond what any charity could expect of a volunteer. His continued support is outstanding. Nothing is too much trouble for Arthur and we are extremely grateful to him.”
“Through our Inspire Awards we thank our hard working volunteers, like Arthur, for their contributions and highlight the positive difference their work has made to the lives of people who living with diabetes.”
“There are more than 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes, and our dedicated volunteers help them to manager their condition, campaign to improve the quality of care available to them, fundraise for pioneering research and work to stem the rising tide of diabetes. Our volunteers are out there working hard in the community day in and day out. Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without their incredible support and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of our volunteers who make an enormous difference through their support.”
Diabetes UK has 350 registered volunteers in the Eastern region, many of whom also belong to the charity’s 29 local support groups. To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK, or join a local support group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Eastern team on013760501390