Sandra Tweddell, public contributor on the Diabetes Digital Coach initiative, has won a volunteering award from our charity partner, Diabetes UK.

Coordinator of the Bristol Diabetes Support Network, Sandra Tweddell was presented with a trophy in recognition of her hard work at the charity’s regional Inspire Awards, held in Taunton last month.

Sandra, who has Type 1 diabetes, won Diabetes UK’s Campaigning and Influencing Award for her work improving care and providing information and support to others living with the condition in Bristol.

Diabetes UK regional head Annika Palmer said: “There really could not be a more worthy winner of the Campaigning and Influencing Award than Sandra Tweddell. Last year she promoted diabetes awareness at meetings with the NHS and local healthcare commissioners in Bristol, led diabetes risk assessments for members of the public, as well as chairing Diabetes UK’s Bristol Central Group.

“Through our Inspire Awards we thank our hard working volunteers and fundraisers, like Sandra and Holly, 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 4.5 million people with diabetes in the UK, 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 much-needed work would not be possible without their incredible support and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them.”

Diabetes UK's South West Inspire Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding individuals as well as group volunteer efforts in the region.  The winners are chosen by judging panels across the UK. They then go forward to the UK-wide Inspire Awards which will be presented in the summer.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK in the south west or to join a local support group, please email south.west@diabetes.org or call 01823 448260.