Northampton Area Group Newsletter, Issue 34, September 2015

Northampton Area Group Newsletter, Issue 34, September 2015

Northampton Area Group Newsletter

Issue 34, September 2015


We look forward to another talk from Liz Robinson, Senior Diabetes Dietitian, on Tuesday, September 15th – ‘Food and Diabetes.’ Her presentations are always very interesting and we are extremely fortunate that she is prepared to spare us her precious free time. I am sure this will be another very interesting evening and we look forward to seeing you there – 7.30pm in the Cripps Postgraduate Medical Centre at NGH.


WHEN?       Saturday, October 3rd

WHERE?     St Giles Church Centre,St Giles Terrace,
Northampton NN1 2BN

TIME?         9.30am-12.30pm

The aim of the day is to provide information to people who have Diabetes and anyone involved with or wishing to learn about the condition. The Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Diabetes Dietitian, Diabetes Footcare, Research, Multidisciplinary and Retinal Screening Teams will be present to advise and answer questions. Representatives from Northamptonshire Carer’s Association and Northamptonshire Association for the Blind will also be present as well as many people who have lived with the condition for many years. We are extremely fortunate that Northampton Diabetes Team are prepared to give up their Saturday and support us in this way.

We will be holding a Raffle and Tombola to help cover the costs of the event. If you have any suitable prizes please bring them along to the September meeting or contact the Chairman 01604 642277, Secretary 01604 847413 or Sheila Hill 01604 718491. Coffee, Tea and Diabetes UK literature will be available. Diabetes UK Christmas Cards will be on sale at reduced prices.

Please reserve the date in your diary now and encourage anyone who is interested to come along. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Many thanks to everyone who helped with the Diabetes UK collection at Tesco’s, Weston Favell Centre in June. £458.98p was collected during the 2 days. Special thanks to John and Linda Walton for co-ordinating the collection.     


On Saturday, June 6th the children and their families enjoyed a wonderful day at Adventureways in Moulton. In the morning the children took part in sporting activities supervised by the manager and his staff and our helpers whilst the parents took part in a programme of talks and workshops with Dr Anne Smith, Paediatric Consultant and the Diabetes Specialist Paediatric Nurses in the large marquee. The families and helpers (120) met up for lunch. The children returned to their sporting and Craft activities whilst the adults had an afternoon discussion with Dr Jonathan Rippin, Adult Diabetes Consultant. Everyone met up again for supper when the fish and chip and ice-cream vans arrived. The families had plenty of time to chat and share their experiences before returning home ready for a good night’s sleep!  Feedback from the day was excellent.

This was the first time that we had used this venue and consequently there was an enormous amount of planning and preparation to ensure things ran smoothly. Julie Lawrence and her family worked hard for months in order for this to happen and we thank them most sincerely for doing so. Our thanks to Dr Smith and the Paediatric Nurses for giving up their Saturday morning and to Dr Rippin for attending for the whole day – I’m sure he enjoyed the Mountain Biking in the morning. Thanks also to Rosemary, Andy and all the helpers and to Kurt, manager at Adventureways and his staff for making the day so enjoyable for everyone. We just hope for a bit more sunshine next year!



in conjunction with Northampton  Diabetes Team

9.30am – 12.30pm at St Giles Church Centre, St Giles Terrace, Northampton. NN1 2BN



November 10           ‘Medications for Diabetes’

Speaker:  Dr Jonathan Rippin, Consultant Physician


January 26               ‘Any Questions’

Come and ask a panel of experts your Diabetes related questions.


March 8         ‘Update on What’s Happening Locally in  Diabetes’    46th Annual General Meeting, followed by Wine & Cheese

 All meetings are held in the Cripps Postgraduate Medical Centre, Northampton General Hospital at 7.30pm on a Tuesday unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free of charge and everyone interested in Diabetes is welcome to come along. We look forward to seeing you there!

The full programme card for 2015/6 is available from:

Diabetes UK is a charity helping people with diabetes and supporting diabetes research, Registered Charity no. 215199     

Newsletter published by Northampton Area Diabetes UK Group