DIABETES UK AND BACT RAISE AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF FOOT CARE

LEADING charity Diabetes UK has joined forces with Burton Albion Football Club (BAFC) and Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) to help local people living with diabetes look after their feet.

There are more than 20 diabetes-related amputations every day, but many of these could be prevented with the right knowledge, care and quick treatment.

The free event is hosted by the Diabetes UK’s Burton voluntary group and Burton Albion Community Trust at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday 19 September from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Prof Fran Game, consultant diabetologist at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will open the event and will discuss diabetes care in the area and answer questions.

There will be two demonstrations focusing on how people can check their feet properly, carried out by podiatrists and a diabetes practice nurse. A woman living with diabetes will also share her personal experiences of the condition, going back to her diagnosis. The event will be closed by Richard Lane 0BE, former Diabetes UK president and now the charity’s first Ambassador.

Katy Cook, Diabetes UK Midlands Improving Care manager, said: “There are more than 140 diabetes-related amputations a week in England, yet up to 80 per cent could be prevented through improved foot care services and better patient knowledge.

“This event is great way to raise awareness of the importance of good foot care. Preventing foot ulcers and treating them quickly if they do develop is crucial in avoiding amputation.”.

Ahead of the event, on Saturday 16 September Burton Diabetes UK Group volunteers will be at Burton Albion’s home match against Fulham, to raise awareness of diabetes including its symptoms, the risks of developing the condition and to fundraise.

John Bridges, from the Burton Diabetes UK group said: “This is our 4th Annual Public Event and we are indebted for the support from the Burton Albion Community Trust, in particular John Widdowson. We have had a tremendous response from exhibitors and speakers who have been invited.

“Our aim is to highlight the effect diabetes has on one’s feet and give people information on self-examination and a voice on what diabetes care they should be receiving from their medical teams.”   

John Widdowson, Health and Inclusion Manager, Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT), said: “BACT are proud to work alongside Diabetes UK to help raise awareness of the condition amongst our players, staff and supporters.

“Raising awareness and providing information on Diabetes is something we as a trust fully support as developing healthier communities and improving physical wellbeing are key aims within our strategy. Working in partnership with Diabetes UK allows us to deliver our outcomes and continue to help and support the community.”

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in people of working age in the UK and is a major cause of lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke. In the UK, 3.6 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and 11.9 million people are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The foot care event is open to anyone living with diabetes or caring for someone with the condition. It will take place on Tuesday 19 September from 6pm to 8.30pm in The Albion Suite, Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium, Princess Way, Burton upon Trent, DE13 0AR. For more details or to book contact either Ann Tunley on 07753 672 627 or anndtunley@me.com or John Bridges on 07590 379892 or johnbridges1972@gmail.com.