THIS IS GRAEME PARK: DIABETES BENEFIT GIG LIVERPOOL 24APR15

On Friday 24th April I’m very excited to be part of a Diabetes UK benefit gig at the wonderful Camp & Furnace in Liverpool.

Diabetes runs in my family, so I’ve lived with it since the 1980s when firstly my youngest brother Scott was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a teenager and then a few years later my younger brother Gregor also got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes while in his mid twenties. Although I’m not a diabetic, it’s an issue that I know a lot about and one that I support when I can. Especially since Gregor died of a diabetic incident 15 years ago when he was only 35.

Recently a family friend died while on holiday with her husband in MexicoLouise Reeves from Liverpool was a type 1 diabetic and was only 41. She was a Cream regular and had been friends with my wife Jenny, who used to work for Cream, for years. Her memorial service was very well attended by scores of people who used to go to Cream and who knew her well. Over the weeks that followed, lots of people I bumped into would be reminiscing and chatting about their memories of Louise and when me and my wife met her husband Stephen Reeves in January, we decided that we should put on a club night to remember Louise and my brother Gregor and to raise funds and awareness of diabetes which is on the rise in the UK.

I immediately approached Camp & Furnace in Liverpool as I’d hosted my own night there last year and was keen to return. They agreed to get involved and the date was set for Friday 24th April. My brother Scott will be warming up for me on the night and Louise’s husband Stephen, a former Everton goalkeeper, will be hosting the event alongside me. He’s also going to get some official Everton and Liverpool football club memorabilia to auction off on the night. Camp & Furnace also have their famous Food Slam on a Friday, so if you get down early you can also try some amazing food before partying to the Park brothers and supporting Diabetes UK. More details on Food Slam and Camp & Furnace from http://www.campandfurnace.com/food-drink/food-slam/

All of the proceeds from the night will go to Diabetes UK and tickets are only £10.00. You can get them from http://www.skiddle.com/e/12391436/ 

If you’ve been affected by diabetes, you can get more information and support from http://www.diabetes.org.uk/ or you can contact the Diabetes UK Careline directly either by email careline@diabetes.org.uk or by telephone 0345 123 2399. The careline is for all people with diabetes including their friends, family, carers and healthcare professionals and it provides confidential advice, information and support.

With more people in the UK getting diagnosed with diabetes in the UK every year, I really hope you can support this important cause and help to spread the word.

 

Graeme Park

 

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