Diabetes charity donates treadmill for research
A diabetes charity has donated a state-of-the-art treadmill to a research centre to help progress research into the condition.
The organisation was one of the named charities by the former Lord Mayor of Leicester Councillor John Thomas during his term of office between 2014-2015 and money raised by the politician went towards the running machine.
Silver Star, which was founded by Leicester MP Keith Vaz, also contributed to the treadmill.
Councillor Thomas presented the treadmill to senior members of the centre, which is an international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation.
Professor Melanie Davies CBE and Professor Kamlesh Khunti, both lead the Leicester Diabetes Centre.
Professor Davies CBE, professor of diabetes medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “Keith has been a major advocate for diabetes for many years and we are extremely grateful for his support.”
Professor Khunti, professor of primary care diabetes and vascular medicine at the University of Leicester and also a GP, added: “Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition which can lead to devastating complications, but we are working hard through our research to help those with diabetes manage it and those at risk, walk away.”
Thousands of local people will now be able to be assessed in a more effective way
Mr Vaz, created Silver Star Diabetes in 2007 when he discovered he had type 2 diabetes.
He said: “Councillor John Thomas was gracious enough to choose Silver Star Diabetes as one of his charities.
“We have decided that the best way to commemorate his term of office is to provide some life-saving equipment which can be of direct benefit to the Leicester Diabetes Centre.
“Thousands of local people will now be able to be assessed in a more effective way.”
The treadmill is located at the centre’s gym, which is also used by researchers from the Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit.
The unit harnesses the power of experimental science to explore and develop ways to help prevent and treat chronic disease.
The fitness equipment will help researchers find out more about the prevention and management of the condition.
Silver Star Diabetes is a registered charity operating in the UK and India, which launched in January 2007.
Its Mobile Diabetes Units carry out diabetes testing in the community and also promote culturally sensitive healthcare, with particular regard to the high prevalence of diabetes in the major towns and cities of Britain.
The charity runs four unites, two in the UK based in Leicester and London and two in India in Goa and Mumbai. It also supports diabetes projects in Morocco and Tunisia.
The Leicester Diabetes Centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester, based at Leicester General Hospital.