Copeland MP Jamie Reed has launched a local campaign to raise awareness of the upcoming World Diabetes Day. In Copeland alone, 8.1% of the population are recorded as diabetic. This is significantly higher than the England average of 6.2%.
The Blue Monument Challenge is a global campaign to raise awareness of Diabetes, and has seen over 1000 monuments and buildings in more than 80 countries lit in blue. Previous monuments lit up include the London Eye, the Christ the Redeemer Statue, Table Mountain in Cape Town and Number 10 Downing Street.
As part of the campaign, Mr Reed has written a number of letters to request that local landmarks be illuminated blue on the evening of 14thNovember to raise awareness of Diabetes. Mr Reed, who has campaigned tirelessly on issues relating to Diabetes, is appealing to local property and landmark owners to participate in the campaign by illuminating their property on the evening of the 14th November. Photographs taken of participating properties which are sent by email to Mr Reed will be published on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes’ website.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed MP said:
“Diabetes is a serious and growing public health problem, particularly in Copeland, which is why I have called previously on the Government to take the condition seriously and develop a Diabetes Action Plan.
“The NHS does a fantastic job in difficult times to care for and treat patients with Diabetes, but it is clear that the condition must be better understood, and that people with Diabetes require a better service than the one we currently receive.
“I hope that the community spirited people of Copeland will take up the Blue Monument Challenge, so that we can be part of a global movement to raise awareness, and ultimately improve care for Diabetes”.
Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes, Keith Vaz MP said:
“I hope for this year’s World Diabetes Day to be enormously successful in highlighting the dangers of diabetes. I am delighted that Jamie Reed MP is leading such a superb awareness campaign in Copeland.
“Any landmarks lit in Copeland will join an incredible list of landmarks which have participated in the Blue Monument Challenge, including the London Eye, the Christ the Redeemer Statue, Table Mountain in Cape Town and Number 10 Downing Street”.