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Diabetes services receive a boost following charity fashion show

Diabetes services at Worcestershire Royal Hospital have received a boost following a charity fashion show organised by a grateful family who have benefited from their care and support.

Facing diabetes at any age can be daunting, but sports and marketing student Tom Nicholls, 21, feared a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes could mean an end to his hopes of an ongoing active sporting life and a career in sports management.

However, Tom was referred to the South Worcestershire Department for Diabetes and Metabolism (SWDDM) where specialist staff provided him with invaluable information and support to adapt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Grateful for the support, Tom’s mum Melanie organised a fashion show through the Broughton Hackett Village Committee in conjunction with M&Co in Pershore, to raise money for the department – with staff even taking part as models!

Health Care Assistant, Neil Morris, who strutted his stuff as a model at the event, said: “I was a little nervous but the atmosphere was great and I was pleased to be part of the team modelling the clothes, which included children as well as adults.” 

Tom said: “The staff at the hospital helped my family calm down and allowed me to lead a normal life. The Worcester staff were excellent in helping me transfer into a diabetic life: a life that is more normal than I believed possible.”

Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Lisa Smith, said: “I am really passionate about improving peoples’ lives so that their diabetes does not have to be an obstacle in daily life.”

The event raised nearly £700, with the money being shared between the SWDDM and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Birmingham, which funds world class medical research to cure, prevent and treat Type 1 Diabetes. 

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Picture caption: Tom Nicholls and his mum Melanie present a cheque to South Worcestershire Department for Diabetes and Metabolism staff Lisa Smith and Neil Morris. 

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