A man who raises gives up his time to spread awareness of diabetes among the Milton Keynes’ Muslim community has been handed a volunteering award.
Abdul Rais, from Bradwell Common, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1999. Since then he has become a volunteer supporting people to improve their management of the condition, which is more than six times more common in people of South Asian descent.
Last year Mr Rais met with Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, and discussed the importance of prevention and education which can in turn to reduce the cost of dealing with the devastating complications such lower limb amputation, blindness, kidney failure and stroke and blindness.
He also spends time campaigning for better diabetes services in the Milton Keynes area, and raising awareness of cultural issues and dispelling myths and misconceptions that surround fasting during Ramadan if you are a Muslim and have diabetes.
Jill Steaton regional manager at Diabetes UK South East, said: “Abdul has been an invaluable source of support for our charity. We are grateful for not only his tireless commitment to national campaigning activities but also in going out and about and giving people the truth about diabetes.
“The Inspire Awards are a great opportunity to thank our fantastic volunteers for their hard work helping to support people with diabetes. There are more than 3.2million people living with diabetes, and our dedicated volunteers like Abdul help them to manage their condition, campaign to improve the quality of care available to them, fundraise for pioneering research and work to stem the rising tide of diabetes.
“Our volunteers are our army on the ground working hard in their communities. Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without their incredible support.”