A WEST Lothian woman has been recognised for her outstanding dedication to volunteering with a national award from a leading diabetes charity.
May Millward MBE, from Philpstoun, was honoured with a Diabetes Scotland Inspire award in recognition of her tireless volunteering on behalf of the organisation.
May – who picked up an MBE for services to charity in 2014 – serves as chair of the Diabetes Scotland West Lothian group and is also a regular member of the cross-party group on diabetes at the Scottish Parliament.
May revealed she was “delighted” to win the award and thanked her fellow volunteers for their hard work.
She said: “I am delighted to have won this award both for myself and for all our group volunteers who support me. I have type 2 diabetes myself and know at first hand the challenges it brings but am also keenly aware of the general lack of knowledge about the condition.
“I am passionate about raising awareness to ensure that people understand their risk and take steps to avoid developing diabetes and get diagnosed as early as possible so it can be managed.
“Diabetes is a lifelong condition and I know how difficult it is to make and sustain the necessary lifestyle changes to self-manage the condition and through our group’s lifestyle project try to provide as much support and encouragement as possible.”
The Inspire Awards were formed to recognise and celebrate outstanding individuals as well as group volunteer efforts.
Allan Kirkwood, volunteer development manager at Diabetes Scotland thanked May for her continued support of people living with the condition.
He said: “May is one of our most active volunteers and we are hugely grateful for all that she does to support people living with diabetes in West Lothian and beyond.”
“There are more than 285,000 people living with diabetes in Scotland and our dedicated volunteers help them to manage their condition, campaign to improve the quality of care available to them, and fundraise for pioneering research.
“Our volunteers are out there working hard in the community day in and day out. Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without their incredible support and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of our volunteers who make an enormous difference through their support.”
Diabetes Scotland estimates that up to one million people are currently at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, with almost three million people living with the condition in the UK alone.
The West Lothian Voluntary Group for Diabetes UK holds monthly meetings in Livingston and provides awareness and information at GP surgeries and other medical premises throughout the region.