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Wisbech charity worker receives award

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A hard-working Wisbech charity volunteer has won an award from the charity Diabetes UK.

Arthur Smart, who dedicates his free time to volunteering for Diabetes UK and is a key member of the Wisbech group, won the Supporting Others Award at the charity’s regional Inspire Awards, held at the Cambridge Belfry.

The 66-year-old retired BT worker was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2006 and shares his own personal experiences to offer support, information and advice to others living with the condition.

He also raises awareness about the healthy lifestyle changes that will delay or stop the development of Type 2 diabetes among people who may be at higher risk of developing it.

Arthur said: “I am delighted to have received this award. Diabetes UK has been a massive help and support to me ever since I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes so I’ve always been happy to give something back and, of course, it’s always nice to get some recognition as well.”

Sharon Roberts, Eastern Regional Manager at Diabetes UK, said: “Arthur’s dedication and commitment to supporting people living with diabetes is amazing.”

Diabetes UK has over 500 registered volunteers in the East of England region, many of whom also belong to the region’s 22 local support groups.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK or to join a local support group, email gemma.pilgrim@diabetes.org.uk or call 01376 505246.

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