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Local man seeks volunteers for Diabetes UK Big Collection

(L-R) Ray Highton and Diabetes UK President Richard Lane OBE at this year's Inspire awards.JPG

A keen volunteer from Mountain Ash is looking for local people to join him in a nationwide fundraising event for Diabetes UK at the Big Collection in Tesco’s Aberdare Superstore.

Ray Highton is a Team Leader for the collection and is looking for volunteers to help collect money at the Big Collection weekend on 13, 14 and 15 June 2014.

The weekend is organised as part of a major National Charity Partnership between Diabetes UK and Tesco. The partnership aims to make life better for those with the condition or at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Ray has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and is dedicated to raising awareness of diabetes in his local area and improving the services that local people receive, winning two awards for his volunteering at Diabetes UK Cymru’s Inspire awards this year. Volunteers who took part in last year’s collection at the Aberdare store succeeded to raise over £700 for the charity.

Ray Highton said: “I signed up as a Team Leader for the Big Collection weekend because as somebody living with diabetes I know what a difference Diabetes UK makes.
“I am looking for enthusiastic, approachable and reliable volunteers to help collect donations in Aberdare. If you are sociable and want to give something back I would recommend being a volunteer at the Big Collection weekend.”

Other local Tesco stores taking part in this year’s Big Collection include Talbot Green and Pontypridd.

Volunteers can collect for however long suits them, from one hour to a full day on 13 - 15 June. The collection will take place from 9am until 6pm on 13 and 14 June and 10am until 4pm on 15 June. Across the UK 3,000 volunteers are needed to support the collection taking place in 300 stores.

The collection weekend takes place at the end of Diabetes Week and aims to raise £300,000 to support the 3.2 million people living with diabetes in the UK and help find the further 630,000 more who remain undiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

For further information on the Big Collection and to find your nearest store visit www.diabetes.org.uk/big-collection.

If people are interested in volunteering for the Big Collection weekend they can also contact Diabetes UK Cymru’s office on 029 2066 8276 or email BigCollection@diabetes.org.uk

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