£12,500 donation could change the future of diabetes treatment

Nearly £12,500 has been donated to a research laboratory in Worcestershire to fund a new microscope.

The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), a volunteer organisation which aims to enrich the lives of older people across Britain, handed over the early Christmas present to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s Chief Executive Penny Venables, Chairman Harry Turner and Lead Clinical Scientist Dr Hilary Murray on Thursday 11 December.

The Islet Research Laboratory, on Newtown Road, Worcester, will use the money to purchase a state-of-the-art Axiovert microscope, which is used to monitor cells as they grow.

Islets, groups of cells found in the pancreas, sense sugar in blood and release insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes is caused when the body mistakenly destroys these cells, meaning insulin is no longer produced.

By monitoring islet cells closely, the research laboratory is hoping to find new ways to treat diabetes patients in the future.

Dr Murray said “The RVS has given us such an amazing gift. This microscope is going to make a huge difference to what we are able to achieve in our research. We are extremely grateful for this donation.”

Tim Riggott, local area manager for the RVS said “We are delighted to be able to donate so much to this great cause. It just shows how a few purchases from our stores across the county can add up to something truly beneficial to our healthcare services."

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Fund is registered with the Charity Commission (Registered Charity Number: 1054612) and is the official charity of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Its main aim is to provide equipment and resources over and above current NHS provision and enhance the experiences of all patients and staff from across Worcestershire.

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