Diabetes Guernsey is a local charity which aims to help people to 'live well' with diabetes. We aim to support people with all types of diabetes and their families in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Our purpose is to ensure that local people with diabetes and their families have support, that we raise awareness of diabetes and provide education for everyone. Diabetes Guernsey aims to raise funds to achieve these goals through various events.
Diabetes Guernsey was set up by people with diabetes, and their families. Diabetes Guernsey is the only local Diabetes charity in the Bailiwick of Guernsey following the breakdown of the previous charity which was linked to Diabetes UK. Diabetes Guernsey is an independent charity, registered in Guernsey, and run by people living in the Bailiwick. All monies raised will be used to support people in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
We are a growing family of volunteers, and would always appreciate more help. If you would be interested in helping out with Diabetes Guernsey please get in touch.
Steph is the Chairperson of Diabetes Guernsey. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1998, aged 8. Steph works in healthcare, and enjoys pushing herself to the limit to test the boundaries (yet to be found!) She climbed Kilimanjaro in 2016, and did a marathon in 2017. Her current challenges include setting up Diabetes Guernsey and having a baby.
Sarah Ferguson is the Secretary for Diabetes Guernsey. She has 2 young children and works for the Education Department. Sarah's husband has Type 1 Diabetes, which was diagnosed when he was 4. Sarah feels passionate about promoting education around both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and ensuring that the young people on our island who have been diagnosed with diabetes get as much help support as possible.
Sarah is supported in her role as Secretary by Co-Secretary Alison Black. Alison is also the wonderful mother of Steph. She supported Steph through her diagnosis and is keen to help and support other parents supporting children with Type 1 diabetes.
Emma has just taken over from Mike Brock as the Treasurer for Diabetes Guernsey. Emma was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes whilst living in Spain. She also enjoys pushing herself to the limit and is a qualified pilot. Emma is a great role model for people with diabetes who want to become pilots by challenging the rules around people with diabetes flying. Emma has worked as an accountant for a number of years and brings a huge amount of experience to her role as Treasurer.
Vicky Green will be supporting Emma as the co-treasurer. Vicky was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes whilst pregnant with her youngest daughter, at the age of 32. She has great support and understanding from her brother who also has Type 1 diabetes. Vicky loves to chat with anyone with diabetes as it helps her to know there are others living their lives with diabetes. Now that her daughters are both at university, she enjoys working full time and trys to practice regular yoga and walking as much as possible, as well as sea swimming throughout the year with a group of friends and family.
There are numerous other people involved with Diabetes Guernsey including Erin Cottell, Matt Ferguson and the Diabetes Nursing Team Alison Place, Rebecca Pattimore and Specialist midwife Denise Bennett.