The new Golf Captains at Exeter Golf and Country Club are celebrating a great start to their captaincy year during which they will be fund raising for Diabetes UK.

Mike Priest and Shelia Scott were welcomed as the newly elected Golf Captains with the annual drive in and golf dinner dance.  These events together raised over £1,300 for their charity of the year, Diabetes UK.

The new Golf Captains chose Diabetes UK because they wanted to raise money for a cause which affects a growing number of people from all walks of life. The charity is the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.

Exeter Golf and Country Club’s golf captains are raising money for research which takes place locally in the South West.

Mike and Shelia will be organising golf events throughout 2012 in order to raise both the profile of Diabetes UK and money for the research into this condition, which affects over 224,000 adults and 1,665 children in the South West alone.
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Editor Notes:

What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious and chronic long-term condition for which there is currently no cure.  If left untreated or badly controlled, it can cause life threatening complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness and lower limb amputations.

Some key facts:
• diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the working population and people with diabetes are 10 to 20 times more likely to go blind
• diabetes kills more people each year than breast and prostrate cancer
• 100 people a week lose a foot, toe or lower limb due to diabetes
• 3 people die every hour from diabetes related complications
• 3 people are diagnosed every ten minutes
• diabetes is the biggest epidemic facing the NHS and represents 10% of the NHS budget of £1million every hour
• 2.8million people currently have diabetes and it is estimated that by 2025 5million will have diabetes
Diabetes in the South West
Currently there are 224,000 adults living with diabetes in the South West and 1,665 children (0-15) with Type 1 diabetes that may require around 95,000 injections during their lifetime.  In addition it is estimated a further 100,000 adults have the condition but don’t know it and these figures are set to rise dramatically over the next couple of years. 

Diabetes UK South West works to support people with diabetes in various ways. We provide information and support to help people to manage their diabetes. We work with health care professionals and campaign government to ensure that the best standards of care are in place. We also fund research to improve treatment and hopefully one day we will find a cure.