Dedicated volunteer wins Diabetes UK award

MPMC Corinne Wykes
MPMC Corinne Wykes

A volunteer who has campaigned tirelessly for better diabetes care for people in Milton Keynes has won a special award from Diabetes UK.

Corrine Wykes, who is secretary of the MK Diabetes Group, was awarded the Raise Your Voice award at the charity’s regional Inspire Awards, on Saturday.

Corrine, 60, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 30 years ago, raises awareness of the condition as a Diabetes UK Service Champion and a member of the local Diabetes Voices Network. She also works hard to ensure that diabetes care and services remain high on the NHS agenda in Milton Keynes.

Corrine works as biomedical scientist at Milton Keynes Hospital and campaigns for better services devoting a lot of her spare time attending various health meetings, conferences and networking days.

Corrine’s dedicated support for the charity’s ‘Putting Feet First’ campaign, which aims to reduce diabetes related amputations by 50 per cent within five years, has resulted in the initial stages of establishing a multi disciplinary footcare team (MdfT) at Milton Keynes Hospital.

Fast access to an MDfT for people with an acute foot problem (“foot attack”) has been shown to reduce amputation rates.  

Corinne also helped campaign to highlight the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. She made sure that GP practices and the local MK Kids Diabetes group had posters and leaflets informing parents, carers and anyone who works with children of the symptoms and to understand that a child who shows signs of any symptoms urgently needs to visit a doctor and get a test.

Jill Steaton, regional manager for Diabetes UK South East region, said: “Corrine is an invaluable campaigner for our charity and last year we worked together to halt the proposed closure of the Diabetes Centre in Milton Keynes. Our combined effort meant that the decision was reversed.

“The Inspire Awards are a great opportunity to thank the people who deserve recognition for their fantastic efforts to support people with diabetes. As an organisation, we couldn’t do what we do without brilliant and dedicated volunteers like Corrine.”

Corrine, of Emerson Valley, said: “I was totally shocked. It’s a real honour and the award really gives recognition to the work that Diabetes UK is doing in Milton Keynes. I hope my contribution can continue help improve the quality of diabetes care in the area.”

> To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK, email or call 01372 720 148.