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World Diabetes Day marked with marvellous donation from local charity

Posted: 14 November 2017
Jodi-Ann Gayle, Communications Officer

Picture of staff recieving large cheque donation for Michael Green FoundationThe Michael Green Diabetes Foundation is helping its local hospital provide first class care to people with diabetes. And, to mark the fact that today (Tuesday 14 November), is World Diabetes Day, they are handing over a 15,000 cheque to the diabetes team at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

This latest donation from the Foundation, which was founded in 2013, brings the total of funds provided to the trust’s diabetes service to more than 60,000.

Professor Steve Barnett, chairman of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to The Michael Green Diabetes Foundation for their kind donation. Their commitment to educating and supporting patients with diabetes is truly amazing.

“We know that the quality of life for people with diabetes can be vastly improved with the right care and education which is why we applaud the work of the Foundation to raise awareness of the condition. Their ongoing support is greatly appreciated and we sincerely thank The Michael Green Diabetes Foundation for yet another generous donation.”

The donation will be used to purchase a range of equipment such as monitoring devices to measure and store continuous glucose readings day and night; hand-held ultrasound machines to detect changes in circulation in feet and a monofilament - an instrument used to screen feet for loss of protective sensation. All of this equipment is critical to reducing diabetic foot ulceration and subsequent limb loss.

The donation allows for a significant upgrade and in the case of the monitors and monofilaments, the equipment we will buy with the money from The Michael Green Diabetes Foundation uses the latest technology, replacing older ways of carrying out these vital checks.

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent medical conditions in the UK. There are two main types, type 1 diabetes which develops if the body cannot produce any insulin (a hormone which is essential in ensuring that glucose enters cells in the body where it is used as fuel) and type 2 diabetes which develops when the body is either unable to make as much insulin as needed or where the body is resistant to the insulin that is produced.

For more information about The Michael Green Foundation, please visit: www.michaelgreenfoundation.org or you can follow them on Twitter: @The_MGF


  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: communications@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust sees around 600,000 patients a year and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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