DIABETES UK Cymru has honoured a PhD student for his voluntary work supporting the charity in the Vale.

James Pearson, 25, who is currently a diabetes research student at Cardiff University, has won the Raising Awareness award at the charity’s national Inspire Awards.

Since joining the Vale of Glamorgan diabetes support group James has been a vital part of raising awareness of diabetes in the community.

James has worked to involve health care professionals and his research colleagues in the work of the group, an approach that has since been adopted by several other groups in Wales.

James said: “I first got involved with Diabetes UK because I had family members with both type one and type two diabetes.

"Because of the lack of general awareness about the condition I decided to do more with raising awareness of what diabetes is and how charities like Diabetes UK can help.

"I’m thrilled to have won this award and would like to thank everyone who has helped me so far.”

As well as organising a national event to celebrate World Diabetes Day in November last year, James is also a keen fundraiser.

Diabetes UK Cymru’s National Director Dai Williams said: “James is someone who is committed to improving the lives of people with diabetes not only as a professional but also as a volunteer. His commitment to educating and supporting people with diabetes is an inspiration.

"We are delighted that James has been recognised for the innovative work he is doing here in Wales to help raise awareness of diabetes, our work wouldn't be possible without volunteers like him.”

To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK Cymru, email wales@diabetes.org.uk or call 029 2066 8276.