Awards nod for diabetes campaigner Clare

Clare Allom.
Clare Allom.

A South Shields grandmother who campaigns tirelessly for better diabetes services has been shortlisted for a national award.

Clare Allom has been singled out by charity Diabetes UK ahead of its Inspire Awards.

Clare, who is a member of the South Tyneside Diabetes UK group, will find out if she’s won the Campaigning and Raising Awareness prize at the ceremony in London on Thursday, July 7.

Clare, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 16 years ago, determinedly campaigned for eight years, supported and encouraged by fellow members of her group, for ‘one stop shop’ clinics for people with diabetes to receive all of their health checks in one place. Her work has resulted in three clinics opening in April 2015 and they have already benefitted an estimated 1,000 patients.

She said: “Seeing the three ‘one stop shops’ put in place was very encouraging. To continue to focus on diabetes, whether it be raising awareness, improving services or looking at preventing Type 2 is very important. It will save lives and money.

“Being a finalist alongside likeminded people is encouraging. Volunteers who endeavour to improve the lives of those touched by diabetes and hope to help prevent Type 2 diabetes are inspirational.”

Stephen Ryan, head of the north at Diabetes UK, said: “Clare’s work to improve services for people living with diabetes is already benefitting people living with the condition in South Tyneside. The passion Clare demonstrates when campaigning to improve the lives of people living with diabetes is inspiring and it’s an honour to be celebrating this.”