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£2,000 Cheque Bolsters Fund for New Diabetes Centre

Diabetes donation

The Diabetes team at George Eliot Hospital have received a cheque for £2,000 from the son of a former diabetic patient who flew in especially from Seattle to present the cheque, along with his family, to Diabetes Consultant, Dr Vinod Patel and his colleagues at the Hospital.

The money will be used to support the innovative Diabetes Education and Academic Research Centre which is dedicated towards patient education, research and excellence in the clinical care of diabetes. 

Dr Patel commented: “We are delighted to receive this cheque and want to thank everyone who contributed. Diabetes affects 1 in 20 people in our local community, which is at least 10,000 people. Most families know someone with diabetes and the intention is to develop a new centre to support the local community in the care and treatment of those with diabetes.”

The patient, Marilyn Craddock, was in the care of Dr Vinod Patel for an overactive thyroid which developed due to the diabetes. Some 10% of patients who are diabetic also have a thyroid problem.

Marilyn’s son, Simon, who has Type 1 Diabetes presented the cheque to Dr Patel with his brother Philip, and father David. The family, friends, former students and colleagues of Marilyn, who sadly passed away last year, had already donated over £3,100 to a fund established by her family.


The intention is for the people of Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire to benefit by creating a special centre for education and research called the iDEA Centre: Integrated Diabetes Education and Academic Research Centre

The aims of the Centre are as follows:


  • To reduce the new cases of diabetes in the local community
  • To improve the care of patients with diabetes to reduce complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney failure
  • To further develop our research into diabetes


The main emphasis of this centre will be education of patients and their family. Health care professionals will also be able to update their clinical skills and be able to offer patients best advice.

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