National Diabetes Week - 12th to 18th June - is an important week for the Stephanie Marks Appeal. The events taking place include:

  • Free testing for diabetes in Woking Town Centre on Saturday 11th June organised by Woking Lions and supported by nurses from Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals and the St. Peter’s & District branch of Diabetes UK. The event will raise awareness of Diabetes, its treatment and the Stephanie Marks Appeal.
  • Olympic Golf Medalist Sarah Webb will lead a breakfast fun run on Sunday, 12 June in conjunction with David Lloyd, Brooklands to raise money for The Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal. The route has been specifically selected as it gives participants the chance to choose whether they want to run 3k or 5k. Supporters who are unable to run are invited to walk – everyone is welcome - young and old. The event, organised by David Lloyds, Brooklands is open to anyone – you don’t need to be a member of the club to participate. It is a fairly early start but it will be worth it! Doors open at 08.30, registration at 08.45 followed by a warm up led by David Lloyd’s Personal Trainers. Sarah will then signal the start of the event for runners and walkers at 09.30 a.m. Marshals from David Lloyd will be positioned around the route, which covers the area around the Weybridge club including the Heights, to guide participants, and ensure they arrive back safely at the club for a complimentary breakfast. Contact Val Marks on 01932-722330 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details, to book your place and obtain a sponsorship form or telephone Aileen Caird, David Lloyd, Brooklands on 01932-827999. Further information about the appeal can be found at www.stephaniemarks.org.uk.
  • A charity performance for the Stephanie Marks Appeal of irresistible comedy ‘When Harry Met Sally’ on Monday 13th June at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking. This funny and touching show starring Gaby Roslin and Johnny Wrather has been faithfully adapted from the Academy Award winning film starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Tickets for this special performance, which starts at 8 pm, are £17 for ‘best available seats’. A donation of £5 from each ticket will be made to the Stephanie Marks Appeal. These charity tickets are available by ringing the Box Office on 01483 545955 please be sure to quote The Stephanie Marks Appeal. Book now as only a limited number of seats are available.
  • The local Diabetes Parent Support Group are holding their next meeting at 2.00p.m. on Thursday 18th June at Oak Ward, St. Peter’s Hospital. This group is for parents who have diabetic children and those interested in attending should contact Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Specialist Anne Lyddall on 01932-723314 before hand.

The Stephanie Marks Appeal was launched in June 2003. The Appeal aims to revolutionise diabetes care by building the first ‘hub and spoke’ system of diabetes care in England with a dedicated Diabetes Resource Centre in the grounds of St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey. This main “centre of excellence” or hub will be linked by a sophisticated IT network to satellite clinics throughout the Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals catchment area. For more information please visit www.stephaniemarks.org.uk.

In the autumn the inaugural Stephanie Marks Lecture will be held on the evening of Tuesday 6th September 2005 at the Ship Hotel, Weybridge. The guest speaker will be Dr Sue Roberts, National Clinical Director for Diabetes UK. Val Marks, Fundraising Manager for the Stephanie Marks Appeal, commented: “We are very pleased that Dr Sue Roberts has agreed to make the inaugural Stephanie Marks Lecture which will be a thought provoking event for local GPs, nurses and medical staff as well as those with a keen interest in diabetes. The support we have received from local people for the Stephanie Marks Appeal has been tremendous and enabled us to reach the £250,000 mark!”

 

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