09/04/2024 | Press releases

£5,000 boost for diabetes service

Felixstowe Port Users Association (FPUA) has donated £5,000 to Ipswich Hospital to thank the diabetes service for the care it provides.

The association chose Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity to benefit from its latest Christmas ball, after committee member Ian Taylor’s daughter Matilda, who is better known as Tilly, was diagnosed with type one diabetes four years ago.

After an initial visit to Ipswich Hospital with appendicitis, staff discovered Tilly had diabetes. Her family were then given “incredible” support from the diabetes team, who provided guidance on nutrition and wellbeing.

A group of people present a large charity cheque to hospital staff

Ian said: “The FPUA committee has been very generous in supporting me and the Ipswich diabetes team, and last year voted for it as sole charity for the Christmas ball.

“The number of diabetes patients is increasing all the time. We hope this donation will help the team to continue providing excellent help and support to those people and their families.”

Sandra Gosney, community fundraising manager with Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, said: “We are delighted with this extremely generous donation. It underlines the valuable role that businesses and organisations play in making a vital difference to health in their local community. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the FPUA and its members for their kindness.”

FPUA was set up in 1969 as a central point and advocate for the diverse businesses associated with the Port of Felixstowe. In line with its commitment to making a positive impact on the local community, it raises funds each year for local charities by holding a variety of events.

More information is available on the FPUA website.

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