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Shrewsbury Town become first club in the UK to offer new Diabetes Hypo Kits!

24 May 2024

Club News

Shrewsbury Town become first club in the UK to offer new Diabetes Hypo Kits!

24 May 2024

Salop will become the first football club in the UK to provide the brand new Diabetes Hypo Kits to match-going fans next season!

 
The kits also allow the staff of the football club to be diabetes trained through the e-learning it comes with to ensure fans are safe on match day. 
 
There are 36,000 people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in Shropshire and on a national scale one in 12 people in the workforce have diabetes. 
 
Add to this 700 people are diagnosed a day with diabetes, 190 amputations and 500 cardia arrests the problem is a growing one. 
 
The kit contains the "lyfelinez shots" for that emergency when a fan could truly need a "lifeline", containing 15-gram of hi GI carbohydrate, the Diabetes Hypo (Hypoglycemia) Kits provide a fast and simple way to treat those with extremely low blood sugar.
 
If a fan at a game is having a Hypoglycemic reaction, they need only contact the nearest steward or member of first aid, request a lyfelinez shot or grab the Hypo Kit.
 
We are very pleased to be working with the club so they are able to provide this service to fans free of charge, thanks to Richard Canfer-Taylor who has bought the kits and donated them to the club.
 
We hope that other clubs follow Shrewsbury Town’s example to making the matchday experience as safe for supporters as they can and to move toward making there workplace diabetes safe and ensure minimum level training is offered on such a growing problem. 
 
CEO of The Diabetes Safety Organisation Kate Walker said:

"This is the first time Diabetes Hypo Kits have been done and we're trying to bring in education and awareness around the risk from diabetes hypos as diabetes rises in the UK.

"Shrewsbury Town are the first club to have these and it's fantastic news! It's a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness and for the club to do this is great.

"I think these kits are really important. One of the risks around diabetes is that people associate insulin with diabetes but if someone was to have a hypo, giving them insulin could potentially kill them.

"So it's really important that we raise awareness and now we have over one million people in the UK on insulin, so this education is really important.

"As you will see on the kits, there's a QR code for free education on how to use them.

"It's wonderful to be here to raise that awareness in somewhere like a football stadium."

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