Wisbech volunteer is awarded for his dedication to a national diabetes charity

Arthur Smart - Eastern volunteer of the year. A dedicated Wisbech charity volunteer who dedicates mu

Arthur Smart - Eastern volunteer of the year. A dedicated Wisbech charity volunteer who dedicates much of his free time to support Diabetes UK has won a top regional volunteering award from the charity. - Credit: Archant

A Wisbech volunteer, who gives much of his free time to support his favourite charity, has won a top regional award.

Arthur Smart, 67, a former BT worker, was presented with the East of England Diabetes UK volunteer of the year award.

He was also presented with the campaigning and raising awareness award at the event.

A key member of the local Wisbech group, in addition to his tireless commitment, Arthur shares his experience of living with Type 2 diabetes to help, support and educate others.

“He speaks at various events to raise awareness and understanding and also helps support the charity’s prevention work by undertaking risk assessments, said Sharon Roberts, Diabetes UK eastern regional head.

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“Arthur is a very worthy winner. He goes above and beyond what any charity could expect of a volunteer.

“His continued support is outstanding. Nothing is too much trouble for Arthur and we are extremely grateful to him.

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“There are more than 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes, and our dedicated volunteers help them to manage their condition, campaign to improve the quality of care available to them, fundraise for pioneering research and work to stem the rising tide of diabetes.”

Arthur said: “I’m surprised and delighted. I thoroughly enjoy volunteering for the charity and hope that I can help others in a small way.”

To find out more about becoming a volunteer or join a local support group, email volunteering@diabetes.org.uk or call the Eastern team on 01376 501390.

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