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Appeal for Crawley volunteers to help Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is appealing for local volunteers to help educate people about the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and what they can do to reduce it.



The charity will be holding a one-day ‘Know Your Risk’ training session in Crawley on Thursday 28th February 2019 at Crawley Library for people interested in signing up to become volunteers.

There are over 450,000 people across the South East diagnosed with diabetes, and about 90 per cent of those have Type 2. They might get Type 2 diabetes because of their family history, age and ethnic background puts them at increased risk. They are also more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if they are overweight. It is serious and can lead to complications such as sight loss, amputation, kidney failure and stroke.

Type 2 diabetes can come on slowly, usually over the age of 40. The signs may not be obvious, or there may be no signs at all, therefore it might be up to 10 years before people find out they have it. With 12.3 million people at risk of developing the condition, the charity wants to help people understand more about its causes and how it can be prevented or delayed.

Volunteers attending the Crawley session will be trained to talk to local people and encourage them to try the Know Your Risk tool, to find how likely they are to get Type 2 diabetes, so they can make changes.

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK’s Regional Head for the South East, said:

“We are keen to hear from people who want to make a difference in their local community and help us reach out to people at risk of Type 2 diabetes. These are rewarding roles which can really make a difference – it can help someone get diagnosed early before complications develop or encourage someone to make important lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes.

“With the right lifestyle changes, as many as three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed by helping people understand their own risk of developing the condition. Please get in touch if you’re interested in joining our brilliant team of volunteers.”

The ‘Know Your Risk’ training event is free and takes place on Thursday 28th February 2019 from 10am to 5pm at: Crawley library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG. Spaces are limited and must be pre-booked. Please call Mai Seida on 01372 720 148 or email to sign up to the event.

To find out more about our ‘Know Your Risk’ online tool, please visit:


Crawley A-Level students show that it’s not just about University



L-R, Angelo Amirthanayagam, St Wilfrids Headteacher Michael Ferry and Liam Draddy. Liam gained A* A* A* and Angelo A* A* A, both are off to study physics at Bristol and Warwick respectively.

There is always a deluge of press releases every year from schools across the town ready to impress everyone with their top students results.

Of course it’s always great to celebrate these and this year is no different but before we mention some outstanding results it is worth nothing that it is not all about going to University.

An ecstatic Kieron Stephens gained A A and is off to Exeter to study politics and Int. relations with study abroad.

There has always been a large amount of pressure of young people to follow the course of University after doing A-Levels, but in-fact this should be looked at as a choice not a necessity.

In this modern world the route to your chosen career can take many routes and whilst some do require a degree avenue there are many more that simply don’t.

One student from St Wilfrids is a prime example.

Faye Bromige with St Wilfrids Headteacher Michael Ferry.

Faye Bromige did exceptionally well in her results this year with A* A* A, but rather than choosing a place at University she battled through over 500 applicants to gain an apprenticeship with Virgin Atlantic in their finance department.

Faye is not alone though as headteacher Michael Ferry explains:

“Some of our students have already gained apprenticeships since leaving Yr 13 with many being successful in gaining university places from September.”

For others though there was great joy that they were able to take the places they were offered.

Thomas Bennett Community College students celebrating their results.

Over at Thomas Bennett Community College there was real pride. A Level students achieved excellent results across all subjects.  In vocational students achieved 100% pass rates across all subjects at Merit and Distinction level with half of all the results at Distinction* (equivalent to A* at A Level). The Chelsea Academy also posted a 100% pass rate for all its NVQ students.

Headteacher Stuart Smith said:

“These results are an outstanding achievement for the college community.  Congratulations to all students on their hard work and for continuing the rise in exam success.  We would like to thank the staff who have given many additional hours of guidance and support to help our students realise their potential. We wish all leavers the very best of luck as they move on and know they have a bright future ahead.”

With other Crawley schools having similar success it is another great year for the towns schools.

But the real message here for all students is to remember it is not just about university and there are plenty of options always available no matter what your results are as this is just the start of an exciting journey!

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