Local charity donates equipment to diabetes centre

A charity has donated a state-of-the-art treadmill to the Leicester Diabetes Research centre to help progress research into the condition.

Silver Star Diabetes, founded by Leicester MP Keith Vaz, has handed over the exercise equipment specially adapted for people with diabetes worth £17,000 to the Leicester Diabetes Centre to help support studies into Type 2 diabetes.

The charity 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 rasied by the politician went towards the running machine. Silver Star also contributed to the treadmill, designed for clinical research. Councillor Thomas presented the treadmill to senior members of the centre on 20 May.

Professor Melanie Davies CBE and Professor Kamlesh Khunti, both lead the Leicester Diabetes Centre.

Professor Davies CBE, Professor of Diabetes Medicine, 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 & Vascular Medicine, 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.”

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.