I am writing to ask your readers to support leading health charity Diabetes UK this year as it marks its 75th anniversary.
In our 75th year we are celebrating the achievements of all our committed volunteers. Volunteers are at the heart of Diabetes UK and without their support, we could not carry out our vital work in funding research, campaigning and lobbying, and providing support and information.
Diabetes UK was founded by volunteers and now has over 16,500 who contribute huge amounts of time to working for the organisation and enable us to do more to improve the lives of people with diabetes.
Volunteers reach approximately 220,000 people a year by distributing leaflets, running awareness stalls, collecting money at supermarkets, holding fundraising events and giving talks in their communities.
Volunteers also currently directly contribute £3m to Diabetes UK funds through involvement in fundraising projects from marathons, adventure treks to sponsored walks and super-market collections.
Every month 8,000 people attend Diabetes UK voluntary groups, run by volunteers, where they receive peer support and information about diabetes and Diabetes UK.
Diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to serious complications including heart disease, blindness and amputation. Diabetes UK is aiming to raise over £7.5m this year to fund vital research.
If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch with the campaigns and volunteer development team on 020 7424 1000 or visit http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_ involved/.
Chief executive, Diabetes UK