DIABETES UK Northern Ireland has thanked everyone who turned up at Hazelbank Park on Saturday, May 26 to take part in the Walk in the Park fundraiser.
Naomi Brown, Fundraising Assistant for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, said the sunny weather had helped ensure the walk was a great success.
“I would like to thank everyone who came along to support the event and helped raise vital funds for Diabetes UK,” she commented. “I would also like to thank the Newtownabbey Voluntary Group who helped organise the event and put so much effort into making it a success.”
Last year Walk in the Park events helped raise in excess of £20,000 for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland and it is hoped the support from the Newtownabbey area could help to raise even more this year.
Latest figures indicate that just under 3,000 people in the Newtownabbey borough are diagnosed with diabetes. Overall in Northern Ireland, there are 73,500 people diagnosed with the condition, 1,000 of which are young people and children.
It is estimated that up to 10,000 people in Northern Ireland have diabetes but do not yet know it as the symptoms are quite vague, meaning people can go for up to ten years before being diagnosed. Symptoms include increased thirst, passing urine frequently, extreme tiredness, weight loss and blurred vision. Anyone experiencing symptoms who thinks they may have diabetes should visit their GP as soon as they can.