I am heavily involved in the promotion of information about diabetes, and in particular, the use of insulin pump therapy. People who suffer from diabetes need to be informed about their condition and options, in order to lead a full and active life and avoid complications. Sadly, this doesn't always happen. I run Insulin Pumpers UK, the UK branch of a US charity, and administer the website and email discussion list. We work closely with the UK government, NICE, Children with Diabetes and INPUT, as well as hospitals and insulin pump companies.
I am a volunteer speaker for JDRF, a charity which carries out research into Type 1 Diabetes.
When I'm not working you can usually find me doing some form of sport. I play slowpitch softball and run the Sheffield Sting softball team, the Fish touring softball team, as well as playing for the Bullfrogs in the Manchester Softball League, and a variety of tournament teams who travel around the country playing softball at weekends.
In winter I play korfball for the Snakebite korfball team in Sheffield. I also love hillwalking and trekking, mountain biking, and lots of other sports. I used to do a lot of ballroom dancing and also played goalball (a blind sport), but have sadly mostly had to give those up.
Travel is one of my greatest passions, and I'm very lucky to have a job that lets me travel so much and to such interesting places. I also enjoy writing about my trips, and blog about travel and other stuff. I've done a few interesting treks recently, such as the Inca Trail, Mt Toubkal and the Atlas Mountains, Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp.
When I do have time to chill out, I love reading and singing. Usually not at the same time.