Published on 25 September 2023

Our Big Diabetes Wellness Day in Warwickshire welcomed DRWF supporters and healthcare professionals from the diabetes community to share the best information on living with the condition.

DRWF marked 25 years of ‘staying well until a cure is found…’ with our first ever one-day United Through Diabetes event in Warwickshire recently.

The event took place at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth on 16th September, with invited speakers from across the diabetes community providing a wide range of presentations throughout the day on a variety of subjects related to good management for people living with all types of diabetes, including family members, carers, and healthcare professionals.

DRWF also invited members from our Board of Trustees, Research Advisory Board, and a team of our funded researchers to showcase their work in diabetes and talk with delegates about their hopes for future treatments and a cure.

The Diabetes Village and Exhibition Hub provided a wealth of information, support, and diabetes related products – with exhibition stands from healthcare providers, device manufacturers and others from across the diabetes industry.

The event was the first of its kind, replacing our previous programme of regional events, launched especially to coincide with DRWF’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

DRWF staff and volunteers welcomed around 450 delegates from all over the country to the event, that provided educational information for all – with talks and activities for parents and children also included in the programme.

The event brought together some of the biggest experts on breakthroughs and barriers, including leading NHS healthcare specialists and people living with all types of diabetes, to discover the latest advances, techniques, and trends to help people stay well until a cure is found.

Sarah Tutton, Chief Executive of DRWF said: “This year we are recognising 25 years of raising awareness, providing award-winning Diabetes Wellness support programmes, and funding the research that we hope will one day find a cure. United Through Diabetes, a unique event that brings all those with an interest in diabetes together, provided us with the opportunity to use this milestone anniversary to showcase the impact of our work over this time. To reflect, rethink and redouble our efforts to ensure that people with diabetes are staying well until a cure is found.

We have yet to achieve our ultimate goal, the day when diabetes is no longer the threat to life and healthcare systems, that it is today. When that happens, we will truly be in celebration mode. Until then, we remain focused on providing the practical tools to support self-management and improve health outcomes and quality of life.”

Lee Calladine, Event Co-ordinator at DRWF, said: “We have been putting on Diabetes Wellness events for people living with diabetes for many years. In that time, have learned a lot about what the diabetes community want and most importantly need. This is why it is important for us to continue to evaluate, evolve and deliver events that include the educational, emotional, and practical support that people of all ages and backgrounds living with diabetes can benefit from.

“With this first United Through Diabetes event, our aim was to create a unique space with dedicated content for all demographics under one roof. We did this by creating individual programmes for the type 1 and type 2 diabetes audiences, people from diverse communities and families and children.

“Our diabetes technology programme, diabetes research film and peer support and community area all added an extra dimension, and the Diabetes Research Village gave attendees the opportunity to meet and speak with DRWF researchers at the forefront of groundbreaking research.

“Of course, the programmes were interchangeable giving people freedom to choose what was most important to them, and all of this was based around a vibrant exhibition hub were attendees could meet experts from across the NHS and diabetes industry. 

“Response to this special event has been overwhelmingly positive and we are looking forward to supporting people with diabetes even more with UTD 2024 and would welcome everyone to join us.”

DRWF also launched our latest series of updated diabetes information leaflets and ran a successful raffle from our stand that also offered a wide range of festive gifts. We also asked delegates to share their feedback for our upcoming leaflet on diet and diabetes.

Since DRWF was founded in 1998 we have remained committed to supporting people living with all types of diabetes and those that care for them with our Diabetes Wellness Event programme.

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