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Inspirational fundraiser from Upminster wins Diabetes UK award

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 August 2019

Simone Myers with Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK. Picture: Diabetes UK.

Simone Myers with Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK. Picture: Diabetes UK.

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A Diabetes UK fundraiser from Upminster has scooped a national award after raising £5,000 for the charity at an event in memory of her father.

Simone Myers, 49, a freelance make-up artist and hair stylist, won the Fundraising Inspire Award in recognition of her hard work.

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Simone hosted a black tie dinner dance in memory of her dad, who died from diabetes related complications.

She said: "Over the last few years my dad had strokes, a heart attack and a triple heart bypass operation but he was amazing, always smiling and never complaining. Everyone who met him loved him."

There are 15,092 people with diabetes in Havering - 6.8 per cent of the population and above the London average of 6.5pc. Of them, 90pc have Type 2.

Roz Rosenblatt, head of London Region at Diabetes UK, said: "Our Inspire Awards thank hardworking fundraisers for their contributions and highlight the positive difference their work has made to the lives of people living with diabetes."

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