Diabetes UK Inspire Awards - UK Ceremony 7th July 2016

Diabetes UK Inspire Awards - UK Ceremony 7th July 2016

Diabetes UK Inspire Awards UK Ceremony, Saturday 7th July 2016, at The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington.

This was a fantastic opportunity to meet the 10 regional winners of the following awards, Susan Taylor Award for Fundraising, Local Group Fundraising Award, Young Person's Outstanding Contribution Award, Campaigning and Raising Awareness Award, Local Group and Community Award and Supporting Others Award.  There were many inspirational and dedicated people there from all over the UK and we were in great company with many representatives from Wales.  Beth, Stuart and Lia Baldwin, The MacAuley Family, Anya Lewis, Eirian Jones, Newport Group and Melanie Stephenson.

I am delighted to say that Anya Lewis was awarded the UK's Young Person's Outstanding Contribution Award, a great ambassador for Candy Free Kids.  

When being presented with her award, Colette Marshall - Director of Operations said "Anya is a member of her local family group, Candy Free Kids, for children and families of those with Type 1 diabetes in the Swansea Area.  Anya supports all the activities and fundraising organised by the group.

Each year Candy Free Kids undertakes an Annual Activity Weekend, historically this has been for 7-11 year olds.  Anya convinced the healthcare team to run a weekend for teenagers so that they also had the benefit of attending an event where they could meet other young people living with the condition.  This was no mean achievement as Anya had to persuade and challenge Health Care Proffessionals.

In October 2015 the young people from Swansea, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot Diabetes Clinics had an Activity Weekend and 28 young people attended.  Many friendships have been formed and maintained from young people from different clinics that would otherwise never have met.  This has had a significant impact for young people in her area.

Anya was also insturmental in setting up their online chat group "Diabetos" which is still going strong today.  She also supports children at school who also have Type 1 diabetes, and encourages them to support each other.

The depth and breadth of the activity undertaken by Anya, and her industiousness, really stands out.  She is a wonderful role model for other young people.  An inspirational young woman."