Over the course of 2018, staff across the Leeds office participated in a range of activities, including a World Cup dinner, a cycle sportive, walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks, a bungee jump from Middlesbrough bridge, the Leeds and Manchester Half Marathons, and two singathons at Leeds train station.
Partner and chair of the office charity committee, Liz Graham, said:
“We have had quite a year, with staff rolling up their sleeves to participate in a wide range of challenges – there was something for everyone! To raise more than £20,000 in 12 months is testament to a phenomenal team effort and I would like to thank all of our staff and also our clients, who together donated so generously throughout the year. We are delighted that these endeavours will benefit Diabetes UK.”
Liz, whose daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11, added: “We chose Diabetes UK as our charity of the year because it is such a great cause. A number of our colleagues have experience of diabetes, either themselves or amongst their family or friends. We wanted to support the charity’s work, as well as raise awareness of the condition.”
Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. There are two main types, Type 1 and Type 2. They are different conditions, but they are both serious. There are an estimated 4.6 million people living with diabetes in the UK.
If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications, including lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke.
Fellow partner Richard Glover said: “As someone who has had Type 1 diabetes since 1989, I am very aware of the challenges that people with diabetes and their families face. However, most people do not understand diabetes.
“Many people living with Type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed and untreated. This can lead to complications, many of which could be avoided if treatment had started earlier. I am very keen to increase awareness of the condition and I hope that our support for Diabetes UK will contribute to this process.”
Tyler Anderson, Diabetes UK Regional Fundraiser, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all the team at Squire Patton Boggs for their support over the past year and for raising awareness of diabetes in the local community. Their incredible donation will go a long way to helping us create a world where diabetes can do no harm.”
For more information on diabetes, visit the Diabetes UK website.