Diabetic help group is in “crisis” and will close unless more people come forward

The Huntingdonshire branch of Diabetes UK will close unless more people come forward.

The Huntingdonshire branch of Diabetes UK will close unless more people come forward. - Credit: Archant

A diabetic support group is facing closure unless it can find some new committee members.

The Huntingdonshire branch of Diabetes UK says the group, which supports people suffering from Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, is in “crisis” and will close after the annual meeting next February unless more people come forward.

The group finds itself in something of a crisis,” said member Hilary Moorbey.

“We really do not want to close, but if we don’t find a new chairman and committee members, we will close next February when our current chairman will be stepping down.”

The branch was set up 15 years ago and holds its meetings on the last Tuesday of the month at Buckden Village Hall. It provides advice and information to people who have diabetes as well as raising funds for Diabetes UK and organising social events for members.

It has about 30 members who attend meetings and another 300 people are on the mailing list and receive a newsletter each month.

“We fundraise for Diabetes UK, contributing several thousands of pounds over the years for research projects,” added Mrs Moorbey.

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“We make a difference to people living in the Huntingdonshire area, including St Neots and St Ives, and we keep the flag flying for Diabetes UK.”

Diabetes is a serious life-long health condition that occurs when the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body can’t use it properly. If left untreated, high blood glucose levels can cause serious health complications.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells, meaning no insulin is produced.

This causes glucose to quickly rise in the blood. About 10 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 1.

Type 2 diabetes is where the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or the insulin it makes doesn’t work properly, meaning glucose builds up in the blood. It is caused by a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors. Up to 58 per cent of Type 2 diabetes cases can be delayed or prevented through a healthy lifestyle.

Anyone who is interested in joining the group or serving on the committee should contact the current Chairman Martin Davies by e-mail: martindavies444@ntlworld.com.