A Limavady volunteer who is not only a Diabetes Specialist Nurse, but also an active member of the local Diabetes UK Support Group, has won a volunteering award from the charity Diabetes UK.
Hilary Caskey was presented with the Supporting Others Award in recognition of her hard work, at the charity’s regional Inspire Awards, held in the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre last weekend.
Dr David Chaney, National Director at Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, said: “Hilary uses her spare time to raise awareness about diabetes and support others in the Limavady area as well as support fundraising efforts. From her help at coffee mornings to informal chats, Hilary is very much valued and appreciated by everyone she meets and helps.
“Through our Inspire Awards we thank our hard working volunteers, like Hilary, for their contributions and highlight the positive difference their work has made to the lives of people who are living with diabetes.
“There are more than 86,000 people diagnosed with diabetes in Northern Ireland, and our dedicated volunteers help them to manage their condition, campaign to improve the quality of care available to them, fundraise for pioneering research and work to stem the rising tide of diabetes.
Our volunteers are out there working hard in the community day in and day out. Our much-needed work would not be possible without their incredible support and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of our volunteers who make an enormous difference through their support.”
Diabetes UK has many registered volunteers in Northern Ireland, many of whom also belong to the
charity’s 20 local support groups. To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK, or to join a local support group, please email Heather.Causer@diabetes.org.uk or call 028 9066