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Inspirational Coventry volunteer wins Diabetes UK award 


A woman from Coventry who has supported Diabetes UK since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child has been honoured with a long service award from the charity.

Alison Currie’s outstanding contribution to helping people living with the condition was recognised at the Midlands and East Diabetes UK 2020 Inspire Awards, which are held each year to recognise the invaluable contribution of volunteers who go above and beyond for people living with diabetes.

Alison was just nine years old when she was diagnosed with the condition in May 1980 and along with her family immediately became involved with the charity attending supported holidays and local meetings.


Alison, 49, runs a local support group in Coventry, but this is just the tip of the iceberg of her commitment to helping those living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes in her community. Alison has given 100s of talks, one to one peer support, worked with the NHS, with MPs, supported people with diabetes in prison and has supported numerous media campaigns.


Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK Midlands and East regional head, said: “Anyone who has met Alison will know her dedication and willingness to help people living with the condition.


“This long service award is much deserved and we at Diabetes UK are incredibly grateful to Alison for all her incredible hard work over 30 plus years.


“We look forward to continuing to work with her in the future, her insight into living with type 1 diabetes is invaluable and she has been incredibly generous with her time and open with the realities of living with the condition.”

Alison attended an online awards ceremony earlier this month, with fellow winners from the Midlands and East region. 


Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. With the right treatment, knowledge and support people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK, or to join a local support group, please email