Fiona Kenyon, Diabetic Eye Screening Team Leader at Aintree, was recently presented with the Campaigning and Raising Awareness Inspire Award from Diabetes UK.
Fiona, a team leader for North Mersey Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, engaged with gyms across Liverpool and helped educate staff on diabetes and helping people with diabetes to manage their condition while exercising.
Fiona, whose mum passed away from complications relating to Type 2 diabetes five years ago, said: “Diabetes is a condition that has impacted me personally and I work with people managing the condition every day, and wanted to do something to help people living with diabetes in the local area.
“Exercising and going to the gym can be daunting for people with diabetes as they have to manage blood glucose levels and may fear having a hypoglycaemic attack. I’m proud to have been able to support this initiative and help gyms understand the potential difficulties and to help create a supportive environment for people with diabetes.”
Diabetes is a serious condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. With the right treatment, knowledge and support people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life.
Clare Howarth, Head of the North of England at Diabetes UK said: “It’s an honour to recognise Fiona’s hard work and dedication with an Inspire Award. We couldn’t raise awareness of diabetes and support people living with the condition without the invaluable support of volunteers like Fiona. This award is incredibly well deserved and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Fiona for all the support she offers to people living and affected by diabetes.”