Wisbech man wins Diabetes UK volunteering award

Wisbech man wins Diabetes UK volunteering award

Wisbech man wins Diabetes UK volunteering award

A hard working Wisbech charity volunteer has won an award from the charity Diabetes UK.

Arthur Smart, who dedicates his free time to volunteering for Diabetes UK and is as a key member of the Wisbech Diabetes UK Local Group, won the Supporting Others Award at the charity’s regional Inspire Awards, held at the Cambridge Belfry on Saturday March 28.

The 66 year old retired BT worker was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2006 and shares his own personal experiences to offer support, information and advice to others living with the condition. He also raises awareness about the healthy lifestyle changes that will delay or stop the development of Type 2 diabetes among people who may be at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Sharon Roberts, Eastern Regional Manager at Diabetes UK, said: “Arthur’s dedication and commitment to supporting people living with diabetes is amazing. Not only has he given countless talks about the condition and the work of Diabetes UK, he has also been the lead collection volunteer at our Tesco Big Collection Weekends. He is one of our most reliable, dedicated and ever present volunteers.

“The Inspire Awards are a great opportunity to thank our fantastic volunteers for their hard work helping to support people with diabetes. There are more than 3.2 million people living with diabetes, and our dedicated volunteers like Arthur help them to manage their condition, as well as reach people at risk of Type 2 diabetes and fund pioneering research. Our volunteers are our army on the ground working hard in their communities. Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without their incredible support.”

Arthur said: “: “I am delighted to have received this award. Diabetes UK have been very helpful ever since I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes so I’ve always been happy to give something back, and of course it’s always nice to get some recognition as well.

Diabetes UK has over 500 registered volunteers in the East of England region, many of which also belong to the region’s 22 local support groups. To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK or to join a local support group, please email gemma.pilgrim@diabetes.org.uk or call 01376 505246.