Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed guests from diabetes charities and the NHS to thank them for their work to support and help those living with the condition.
Dr Clare Hambling, a West Norfolk GP and Norfolk and Waveney’s clinical lead for diabetes, was among the NHS staff and diabetes charity workers from across the UK celebrated at a Downing Street reception on 24 June.
Those attending the reception included children and adults with diabetes, people who care for those with diabetes, specialist NHS staff and academics and innovators looking at prevention, care and researching for a cure.
The Prime Minister spoke about living with diabetes and encouraged the young people there not to let diabetes ‘get in the way’ of achieving their goals. She also heard from guests about their pioneering work in this field – including from those who were developing new apps to help people monitor their condition.
Theresa May gave special thanks to the many youth volunteers and fundraisers working within diabetes charities – as well as a number of children with diabetes who had excelled in sport, campaigning and raising awareness of the condition.
She also spoke to Chandrawati Mcculloch from the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, and Karen Addington, CEO of the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation (JDRF).
Dr Clare Hambling said: “It was an honour and privilege to be invited to attend a reception at Downing Street on Monday 24 June, recognising the vast community of people involved in diabetes care, treatment and prevention and, in particular, acknowledging the contribution of young people supporting JDRF".