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Omagh woman’s special award for helping others

AN inspirational Omagh mother, whose daughter was recently diagnosed with diabetes, has won a special award for tirelessly raising money to help others living with the condition.

Lorraine Reid has dedicated the past year of her life to funding ground-breaking research that can change the lives of those living with diabetes for the better – a cause very close to her heart, as her daughter was newly-diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

As such, Lorraine was presented with a special ‘Diabetes UK Inspire Award’ for her marvellous efforts, during a prestigious ceremony held at the Titanic, Belfast on Saturday past.

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Lorraine said that she was simply delighted to have received the ‘Inspire’ award – an accolade which recognises the invaluable contribution of the volunteers and groups that go above and beyond for people with diabetes.

“This last year has been quite a learning curve for our family with my daughter being newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes,” Lorraine described. “But we threw ourselves into it, and became completely focused on helping others living with this condition.

“I have so enjoyed taking on new roles for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, and I am delighted to receive this award.

“Thank you to everyone, especially in the Omagh area, who have supported us.”

Diabetes can affect anyone. In Northern Ireland, there are over 100,000 people living with diabetes.

Its impact and complications can be devastating, from causing blindness, amputations and even early death; but with the right treatment, knowledge and support people with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life. Jillian Patchett, national director at Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, thanked Lorraine for her dedication and support.

“Lorraine has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds to help others living with diabetes,” she said. “Lorraine has been involved in craft fairs, pre-loved sales and bag packs to name but a few of the activities, all helping to get people talking about diabetes and helping to raise funds for the charity.

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“I would like to thank Lorraine for all that she continues to do and I would like to extend that thanks to all of our fantastic fundraisers and to those who continue to support people living with diabetes below the radar.”

Each winner received an Inspire Award from Diabetes UK and a gift from Click Energy – the company that sponsored the awards ceremony – which included £250 vouchers for Hastings Hotels and £250 vouchers for Currys/PC World.

• To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK please visit: www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Volunteer/

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