Peace Gardens turn blue for diabetes day

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The lights in Sheffield’s Peace Gardens are turning blue to mark World Diabetes Day today.

The transformation can be seen from 7pm to 10pm and has been organised by Andy Broomhead, chair of the Diabetes UK charity’s Sheffield voluntary group.

Andy has Type 1 diabetes and recently raised £845 for the good cause - which has blue as its official colour - by running the Yorkshire Marathon.

He said: “The NHS spends £10 billion a year on diabetes and this is mainly because its complications, like amputation, blindness, kidney failure and stroke, cost a lot of money.

“This event is an important step in alerting people to the complications diabetes can cause and encouraging those with diabetes to get the regular checks they need to prevent small problems becoming very serious indeed.”

The group meets from 7pm to 9pm on the third Thursday of every month at Houlden Hall on Norfolk Row in Sheffield.

Andy also runs a peer support service for people with Type 1 diabetes.

Follow @AndyPeerSupport on Twitter for more information. Go to @Sheffield_DUK for the Sheffield voluntary group.