Diabetes UK is the New Mayor’s Charity
The incoming Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Paul Kane has announced his charity for the forthcoming year.
Cllr Kane said: “I am proud to be supporting Diabetes UK’s work in campaigning, supporting and caring for people living with diabetes.”
Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition, however if treated properly through diet, exercise, medication and/or insulin, people with the condition can live long healthy lives.
Stephen Ryan, Diabetes UK Regional Manager in the North of England said: “I am excited by the Mayor’s announcement of Diabetes UK as his Charity of the Year. With an estimated 29,000 people living with diabetes in Kirklees, it is a condition that effects a large number of people in the area.’
“Diabetes is an increasingly urgent health issue, which effects millions of people and consumes a significant proportion of the NHS budget, a large amount of which could be averted.”
The NHS spends £10 billion of its annual budget on diabetes in the UK, 80% of which is spent on potentially avoidable complications such as amputations and stroke.
Mr Ryan continued: “We look forward to working with the Mayor over the coming year. His support will help us care for, connect with, campaign alongside and on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes.”
Cllr Paul Kane added: “The funds raised in this partnership Diabetes UK will go towards improving the lives of those living with diabetes, their friends and families. I would like to encourage the people of Kirklees to consider doing something to support the work of Diabetes UK- together we can make a huge difference.”