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Actors give their backing to health awareness campaign
STARS of a play being staged this week at a North-East theatre have taken time out from rehearsing and performing to help raise awareness about a debilitating condition.
Popular stage and television actors Claire Sweeney and John Thomson are starring in John Godber’s play 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 people viewing it as a relatively mild condition.
In reality, it can lead to amputation, blindness, heart attack and strokes.
Over the next two weeks, the Diabetes UK campaign will use adverts in local shopping centres, roadside posters, on the radio and on public transport, to make clear the impact Type 2 diabetes can have on people and their families.
Funded by their 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 (September 28), is set in the golden age of donkey rides, talent contests, saucy postcards, stripy deckchairs, ice cream, rolled-up trousers and knotted hankies.
Evening performances start at 7.30pm, with matinees at 2pm on Thursday and 2.30pm on Saturday.
Ticket prices start from £20. To book, 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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