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Sunderland Diabetic Support Group

Author: Roger Heywood Published: 11th January 2010 21:52
The Sunderland Diabetic Support Group is a self help group allied to Diabetes U.K. They work hand in hand with D.B.U.K. to promote awareness of the problems which arise because of diabetes.

The Sunderland group are individuals from all walks of life who work for nothing to help those who suffer from diabetes in the Sunderland area.

They are also a group which share in fun and relaxation, everything is not doom and gloom with this group - the group serves a social and practical purpose and also raises funds to support their activities.


photoThe 2009 Committee of the Sunderland Voluntary Group for Diabetes UK.  

Back row left to right. Reuben Horsley, John Hellens, Alan Barber, Colin Colborn, Alan Jackman
Front row left to right. Dorothy Horsley, Vivienne Hellens, Ann Lillie, Rhena Di-Marco, Jean Jackman. 

Programme of Events for 2010 

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the Month ( but not in August) and are always at 7 p.m. In the Boardroom at Newcastle Road Hospital.

 ( Entrance at the side of the main doors ).

You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by coming to our meetings. New friends, a good night out and a lot of personal help and advice.


  • logoJanuary 2010 meeting cancelled due to the weather

  • February 17th.

Advice from Joanne Berry a nurse who deals with Diabetic patients at Washington Health Centre - bring your own personal questions and queries.

  • March 17th. Annual General Meeting

Want a job? Come along and join us or just enjoy a cup of tea a biscuit and a chat.

  • April 21st.

Just after Easter but still time for a game of egg jarping and a quiz night. You don't need a lot of brains to crack two eggs together.

  • May 19th.

Jan Lorraine will talk about retinopathy (taking care of your eyesight). Learn about the risks to your eyes and what you can do to look after your eyes.

  • June 16th.

Beetle Drive - it may be an old- fashioned game but boy did we have a lot of fun.

  • July 21st

What about your feet? Our visiting podiatrist will tell you just how important it is to look after your feet.

  • September 15th.

"Sit and be Fit" you don't have to go jogging to keep fit. Come and enjoy the fun way to exercise. With Dorothy Deakin and Joanne Greenhow.

  • October 20th.

More fun and games, the prizes may be small but we enjoy the fun and the company.

  • November 17th

We have invited Dr. Choi (Our Honorary President). He will give us an update on the approaches to Diabetes both nationally and locally.

  • December 15th.  Our "Christmas (Buffet) Meal"

Not only great food but we have invited a magician / ventriloquist to come and entertain us. Dave Glover is employed full time as Director of O.A.C. Apart from anything else he is a great communicator and very, very amusing.


Contact Details

Chairlady: Ann Lillie                                  0191 549 8410

Treasurer: John Hellen                            0191 514 4817

Secretary: James Reuben Horsley      0191 552 4572

Send an email to the Secretary


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