March 2015 newsletter

Hello from DUK Richmond and Twickenham Group

You are invited an OPEN MEETING

When:          Tuesday 17 March at 7.30 pm

Where:          St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Street, Twickenham, TW1 3NJ

On:            Diabetes UK’s Recent Research Projects

With:           Claire Lubbock and Ruth Szotten, Diabetes UK London Region

Claire and Ruth will bring us up to date on developments in some of the projects that we have adopted recently. There will be a Q&A session.

All are welcome.  Light refreshments will be provided.  A donation of £1 towards running costs is suggested.

The AGM was held on 17 February 2015

Alastair Mackinlay gave the chair’s report [see February newsletter].

Bob Watford gave the treasurer’s report. He presented the accounts for 2014.We made a surplus of receipt over expenses of £522.17. We have a cash balance of £2860.62. We can transfer at least £1000.00 to Diabetes UK research or other projects but have yet to choose.

Trisha Shirt reported on the new look website which has just gone “live” . Please visit it at   and let her have feedback including ideas for inclusion.

The following were elected to committee:

Chair - Alastair Mackinlay; Treasurer - Bob Watford; Librarian -Trisha Shirt; committee members - Anne Jones and Jane Williams.

Our guest Speaker, Helen Church told us about the current provision of diabetes care in Richmond by Hounslow & Richmond Community Healthcare Trust. A report will be given in our next newsletter.


The meeting on 14 April will be addressed by Mary McLaren of Healthwatch Richmond.  She will explain how that organisation promotes patients’ interests in Richmond and in particular what it can do for people with diabetes.

Further meetings will be held on 12 May, 16 June, 14 July, 15 September &13 October. The topics will be announced in due course but firstly on our new website at


Ann Jones is selling second-hand books, CDs and DVDs to raise funds for our group. You can support her initiative by buying from her at open meetings or from our stall at the local fairs and by offering items you no longer need but which others may appreciate. So if you have anything you are willing to donate please get in touch with Trisha Shirt by phone on 0208 941 5162 or email on

We look forward to hearing from you, especially if you have any ideas or requests for speakers, and to seeing you soon.

Alastair Mackinlay, Chair  - 020 8941 1785