Diabetes Week 12-18 June 2016

Get ready to
raise awareness during
Diabetes Week
12-18 June 2016

Diabetes WeekDiabetes Week

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Diabetes Week takes place from 12-18 June 2016.   Held around the UK each year, this special week is all about raising awareness of this common condition.

All across the country events will be held to raise funds for Diabetes UK, the charity who organise the week.  The charity was formed in 1954 and was called the British Diabetic Association but changed its name in 2000.

It is now the largest diabetes charity in the UK and uses money donated to fund research into the condition and help those suffering from it.

The aim of the week is to raise awareness of diabetes and raise all important funds for the charity which includes their care line.  The charity’s care line provides practical information and emotional support to anyone affected by diabetes – whether you suffer from it yourself, or a friend or family member does.

There are a number of ways to take part in this exciting and important week.   You could hold a quiz at your local pub or community centre, bake cupcakes, sell some unwanted goods on ebay or hold a raffle to raise awareness of this great cause.

In 2012 Diabetes UK became Guinness World Record holders.  How did they do this you may ask?  Well on 11 June 2012 they took a total of 556 waist measurements – the most waist circumference measurements taken in eight hours!  And that’s pretty amazing.

So what are they planning to do this year?  For more information visit the Diabetes Week website and check out the events planned for this year and find out how you can get involved!


Diabetes Week is an annual highlight in the Diabetes UK calendar. It’s a time when we bring our supporters together to raise awareness of the condition, and vital funds for our work.

Setting the record straight Diabetes week 12-18 JuneDiabetes Week 2016

Sunday 12 June to Saturday 18 June 2016

Just about everyone has heard about diabetes. And, with 3.5 million people diagnosed in the UK and a further 549,000 who have the condition but don’t yet know it, most of us know a friend or family member living with diabetes. And yet it’s still hugely misunderstood, and there are so many myths and misconceptions out there that this year, the theme is Setting the record straight. 

This Diabetes Week we are calling on everyone we know to share straight talking stories, facts and videos to let everyone know the truth about diabetes.

We’re focusing on what it’s actually like to live with it every day and talking about the things people with diabetes wish everyone knew about living with the condition.

What’s happening this week?

We’ve got loads going on throughout Diabetes Week, and plenty of ways for you to get involved.

  • If you haven’t already, why not download our pack ofawareness raising posters and fun diabetes fortune teller(PDF, 53KB) to share with your local community to get the message out there to as many people as possible.
  • We’ve created loads of graphics, videos and images to help you raise awareness. Keep your eye out as we’ll be uploading more as the week goes on, but to start with you can update your Facebook (JPG, 795KB) and Twitter (JPG, 319KB) with our Diabetes Week themed headers.
  • We want to hear about your stories and experiences, so join in the conversation #actuallydiabetes #diabetesweek.
  • If you’re a member of a Diabetes UK local group, you can find more materials on the Portal.
  • Find out about some of the myths that healthcare professionals would like to bust about diabetes care over on our Diabetes Week for professionals page.

Join the conversation

Help us spread the word this diabetes week by joining in the conversation with us online. We’ll be uploading new things for you to share each day, so keep checking back to see what’s new.

Diabetes truths


Hold a Patron’s Lunch

Lots of you have already signed up to raise money for Diabetes UK by hosting a Patron’s Lunch. If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late to get involved.

Join us in celebrating Our Patron Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday this Diabetes Week. On the 12 June, Her Majesty hosted the largest street party London has ever seen on The Mall, and we’re inviting all of our supporters to join in the fun by holding their own bash.

Your Patron’s Lunch can be as large or small as you like – be it in your back yard or a village hall. All money raised will go towards funding our Helpline, a dedicated helpline for people with diabetes and their families. We’ve created a pack full of everything you need to make the party a success. For more information and to order your pack, go to our Patron’s lunch page.

If you have any questions about Diabetes Week, contact us at diabetesweek@diabetes.org.uk.


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