5 July 2019

Charity event raises money for Diabetes team

The Diabetes Department have been given a donation of £700 by the landlady and customers of the British Queen Public House in Willingdon, following a charity day in aid of Diabetes and the British Heart Foundation.

Diabetes Team receive a cheque from Angela Cain, Landlady at the British Queen

Angela Cain, the landlady of the British Queen pub presented a cheque to the diabetes team at Eastbourne DGH.

Erwin Castro, Diabetes Nurse Consultant said: “We are extremely grateful to the British Queen for their generosity. It was truly inspiring to see Angela and her team raise awareness of diabetes and at the same time raise funds to support the Diabetes Team.”

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
  • Type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

Since 1996, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has risen from 1.4 million to 3.5 million. Taking into account the number of people likely to be living with undiagnosed diabetes, the number of people living with diabetes in the UK is over 4 million. Diabetes prevalence in the UK is estimated to rise to 5 million by 2025. Type 2 diabetes in particular has been growing at a high rate and is now one of the world’s most common long term health conditions.