With today (Monday 14 November) being World Diabetes Day, Norwich Castle is to be lit up in blue to help raise awareness of the condition, and there will be a host of other activities organised by local schools across Norfolk.
With nearly 35,000 people having developed diabetes in Norfolk, local events are being organised by the headteacher of Blofield Primary School, Oliver Burwood, who himself suffers from type 1 diabetes. Mr Burwood is also putting on a special assembly at the school today as a way of increasing diabetes awareness about diabetes and the risk factors associated with it.
He commented “The overarching theme for World Diabetes Day is education and prevention, so I wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness of how serious diabetes can be.”
Mr Burwood added “There are an estimated 25,000 children with diabetes in the UK who need help and support to manage their condition and hopefully these activities will also help more children be aware of how to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.”
Bishop Graham of Norwich also stated “Nearly all of us are aware of someone who lives with diabetes and their personal story. Not so many of us pause to consider the global scale of millions of people whose lives take a similar journey and so often without the professional, medical support appreciated by our friends and families in this country.”

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