Washington diabetes group is taking great strides

From left, Washington Diabetes UK Group chairman George McLaughlin, Nigel Frew, Loraine Plowman and David Watson.
From left, Washington Diabetes UK Group chairman George McLaughlin, Nigel Frew, Loraine Plowman and David Watson.
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People are being invited to put their walking boots on to support a great cause.

The Washington Diabetes UK Group announced plans for a charity event next month.

It is a little bit of a fundraiser but it is also gauging whether we should do a bigger one next year

George McLaughlin, chairman of the Washington Diabetes UK group

The group has organised its Walk For Diabetes on Sunday, September 6, starting at 11am, and lasting for about 90 minutes.

It will start at the new Washington leisure centre, take a route round Princess Anne Park and then return to the leisure centre.

As well as giving a chance for people to make a small donation to the group, it is also an opportunity for people to find out more about the cause.

Group chairman George McLaughlin, said: “It is a little bit of a fundraiser, but it is also gauging whether we should do a bigger one next year.”

The third aim of the day would be to encourage more people to consider becoming members of the group, said Mr McLaughlin.

Diabetes can affect many major organs, including the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys.

Experts believe thousands of people across the country may have the condition and may not realise it.

However, the group is leading the fight to raise awareness.

Anyone wanting more details on the Washington group should contact Mr McLaughlin on 0191 416 6202 or 07964 075776.