The social whirl – by Richard Lane


Richard Lane, Diabetes UK PresidentDear Friends,

Since the middle of July, my limited physical involvement with Diabetes UK has reflected the fact that we are in the middle of the holiday season, in that I have had far fewer commitments than in the earlier part of the year (sadly!). However, I have been busy making arrangements for the next twelve months or so, and have been booked to visit and speak at 15 events before Christmas 2011 and then a further 4 so far in 2012, so there are plenty of free dates in next year’s diary!

Since I posted my last blog I have spoken for Frank Moxon and Judith Rich at the Bishopsgate Ward Club in the City of London, in the wonderful Gordon Museum in the grounds of Guy’s Hospital. This event was dedicated to Diabetes UK, and I joined the substantial number of guests afterwards in the grounds of Southwark Cathedral for a superb BBQ. It was a terrific evening!

My commitments for the rest of 2011 include:

  • visits to the Tunbridge Wells (30th Anniversary), Steyning (re-launch) and Gateshead (Annual Christmas Dinner) Voluntary Groups
  • a Legacy Event in London
  • the London Bridges Walk organised by the London Region
  • Volunteers’ Conferences organised by the Northern Ireland, Northern & Yorkshire, South Eastern, London and North West regional offices
  • the South West Region’s Professionals Conference
  • a high profile fundraising event, including music provided by my son Simon (a professional classical pianist) and a distinguished cellist friend of his, Nathaniel Boyd, at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield
  • the launch of the Gibraltar Diabetes Association
  • the North Yorkshire & York PCT/Scarborough & District Voluntary Group Diabetes Awareness Event
  • and the European Diabetes Nurse Specialists Conference organised by Bayer in Leverkusen in Germany.

What a wonderful variety of places and events, and of course people, to visit! This is the joy of my role of course!

I look forward to reporting back on these events and on other matters in my later blogs. Meanwhile, I hope that you all enjoy what is left of our very strange Summer(!) and I hope to see many of you soon, wherever you may be in the UK!

Keep up the good work!

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