National award honour for diabetes campaigner Clare

Clare Allom received the Campaigning and Raising Awareness award.

Clare Allom received the Campaigning and Raising Awareness award.

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An inspirational grandmother who campaigns tirelessly to help people with diabetes has been honoured at an awards ceremony.

Clare Allom, from South Shields, was given the Campaigning and Raising Awareness accolade at Diabetes UK’s Inspire Awards.

Clare, who is a member of the South Tyneside Diabetes UK group, said: “To receive the award was humbling. The event was attended by inspirational people all determined to improve the lives of those touched by diabetes. Just to be amongst them was emotional. Everyone there was praised for their efforts and to be given the award was a special bonus. Raising awareness about diabetes is a must and campaigning for better services is important.”

Clare determinedly campaigned for eight years, supported and encouraged by fellow members of the South Tyneside group, for ‘one stop shop’ clinics for people with diabetes to receive all of their health checks in one place. Her work resulted in three clinics opening in April, last year, and they have already benefitted an estimated 1,000 patients.

Stephen Ryan, head of the North at Diabetes UK, added: “Getting through the regional awards and to then receive a national UK Inspire Awards is a massive achievement. Clare’s work campaigning for better diabetes services has undoubtedly had a huge impact on the lives of people with diabetes in the South Tyneside area. It is an honour to celebrate her support and dedication with this award.”

“Diabetes is serious and growing. In the UK, one person is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes and it is estimated that by 2025 that number will reach five million.”