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Theatre actors perform health role
9:52am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
STARS of a stage play took time out from rehearsals yesterday to help raise awareness about a debilitating condition.
Stage and television actors Claire Sweeney and John Thomson are starring in John Godber’s September in the Rain, at Darlington Civic Theatre.
They are also backing Diabetes UK’s hard-hitting awareness campaign to highlight the potential consequences of type 2 diabetes.
The charity estimates there are tens of thousands of undiagnosed sufferers in the region – with many viewing it as a relatively mild condition.
In reality, it can lead to amputation, blindness, heart attacks and strokes.
Over the next two weeks, the Diabetes UK campaign will use adverts in shopping centres, billboards, on the radio and on public transport, to make clear the impact type 2 diabetes can have on people and their families.
Funded by its National Charity Partnership with Tesco, it will also raise awareness that being overweight; having a large waist; being over 40 (or over 25 if you are from a South Asian background); or having a close relative with diabetes are risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
September in the Rain charts the life of Yorkshire couple Jack and Liz, who make an annual trip across the Pennines to Blackpool. The play, which runs until Saturday, is set in the golden age of donkey rides, talent contests, saucy postcards, stripy deckchairs, ice cream, rolledup trousers and knotted hankies.
For tickets, from £20, call the box office on 01325-486555 or visit darlingtoncivic.co.uk For more information about type 2 diabetes, visit diabetes.org.uk
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