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The Hereford & District Diabetes Support Group exists to provide support and information on all aspects of living with diabetes.

The Group provides the opportunity for diabetics to meet each other and health professionals, to discuss matters which concern us all. They arrange speakers on subjects of interest to diabetics and produce a quarterly newsletter.

They produce Patient Information Packs for newly diagnosed diabetics which contain information on most aspects of living with diabetes, with useful telephone numbers so that when needed, there is always someone to turn to. These are available free of charge from General Practitioners.

They also provide when required, holidays for children with diabetes, equipment for hospitals when funding is not available from the N.H.S., and would consider financial aid for anyone with diabetes who are disadvantaged. Any surplus monies are put into a fund to help finance the Diabetes Resource Centre promised for the new Hereford Hospital.

The Group are also active in bringing to the attention of the relevant authorities, where diabetes care is inadequate or discriminatory and applying pressure for change.

Fund raising events this year:

24 February 2001 Quiz Night 125.27 raised
18 March 2001 Quiz Night 120.80 raised
21 April 2001 70s/80s Disco 300.00 raised
19 May 2001 Race Night 264.00 raised
24 August 2001 Prize Bingo 266.51 raised
22 September 2001 Quiz Night 40.00 raised
27 October Pop Quiz Night 110.00 raised
2 December 2001 Race Night 201.80 raised

The presentation of a cheque for 4,350 took place on 21 December 2001.