Police chief to visit Hartlepool diabetes group

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MEMBERS of a town support group will be able to quiz a police chief when he pays a visit to a get-together next week.

Hartlepool Diabetes Group meets twice a month in the community room at Hartlepool’s Central Library, in York Road.

The group’s next meeting will take place next Friday, January 17 from 10am-noon where the members will be welcoming Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.

The group’s facilitator Hayley Hakannson works at Belle Vue Centre, in the town, where Mr Coppinger recently visited as a guest speaker.

Hayley took the opportunity to pass on her card and tell the Commissioner about the support group for diabetics in Hartlepool.

And the 46-year-old mum-of-one was delighted when she received a message on behalf of Mr Coppinger saying he would be delighted to come and meet members of the group.

Hayley, a diabetic who lives in Hart Station, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Mr Coppinger to our next meeting.

“It’s a great opportunity for all of our members to find out more about his role and the work he does but also for him to find out more about our support group.”

The group has been running in Hartlepool for more than 12 years and now has more than 80 members.

Hayley says the meetings are a great chance for members to chat to fellow diabetics and benefit from their vital support.

And the group also has the backing of the “fantastic” diabetes nurses at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

To find out more about the group call 07818 132671 or visit www.hartlepooldiabetesgroup.org.uk.