Harborough group helps fund vital diabetes research

Harborough's Diabetes UK branch has donated �6,000 to fund two new local research projects in the Midlands.
Harborough's Diabetes UK branch has donated �6,000 to fund two new local research projects in the Midlands.

Two vital research projects which could help people living with diabetes have been handed a boost by a Harborough group.

Harborough’s branch of the Diabetes UK charity has handed over £6,000 to help fund the schemes.

One of the research projects is being carried out by Prof Paul Squires at the University of Lincoln.

He will use new specialised equipment to measure the tiny forces that hold cells together in the islets and the kidney and study the impact of glucose upon them.

The other project is being conducted by Doctor Lucy Donaldson at the University of Nottingham.

She will explore the effects of a potentially safer version of a drug currently being tested as a treatment for neuropathy (nerve damage) in diabetes.

Jim Knights, chairman of the Diabetes UK branch, has been living with Type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years.

He said: “We raised the money throughout the year at various events, including book sales and an autumn fair, so we are very grateful to the people of Harborough for supporting our cause.

“We have chosen these research projects because diabetes increases the risk for other health problems, including kidney disease and neuropathy. We hope that this money will go some way towards helping people with diabetes live a long and healthy life.”

Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK midlands regional manager, said: “The money raised will go a long way to funding these pioneering research projects.”