Undefeeted by Diabetes, an Oxted-based not-for-profit organisation run by husband and wife team Peter and Tina Allton, has won the prestigious Federation of Small Businesses’Best Not-For-Profit award at its Surrey Awards.
The event was held at Mercedes-Benz World and celebrated hard work, endeavour and enterprise in businesses and organisations across Surrey.
Undefeeted by Diabetes has a global remit to educate diabetes sufferers of the damage that the disease can do to the feet. It works to raise awareness at all levels: individuals, families, communities, national and international health organisations and governments.
Peter Allton said, “Tina and I are ecstatic to have won this award, and will use it as a platform to spread our message to more individuals and organisations.
“Thanks to the FSB, we’ve been introduced to our local MP, Sam Gyimah, and are looking forward to having a dialogue with him about our health campaign.”
As well as raising awareness of diabetes-related complications, Undefeeted has developed a network of practitioners who offer free foot health check-ups for those who suffer from diabetes. Peter Allton explains: “The majority of people with diabetes don’t have an annual check up by a podiatrist and most of them are unaware if they are at low, moderate or high risk of having a serious foot problem.
“Annual foot health check-ups are a valuable source of education, and are also important to the early identification of issues that could potentially lead to the loss of a limb.
“The Undefeeted network of podiatrists aims to ensure that no-one with diabetes goes without annual foot checks. By asking healthcare professionals to pledge a certain amount of time to seeing diabetes sufferers each month, we are also supporting the NHS, which is extremely stretched.”
Having qualified as a podiatrist in 1988, Peter Allton has 27 years of experience and has treated over 200,000 feet.
His life changed five years ago when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and soon became aware of how difficult the condition is to manage. When their 11-year-old daughter Jasmine was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Peter and Tina soon became aware that there is little in the way of publicly available advice for diabetes sufferers.
Peter explains: “Jasmine was lucky because I am a qualified podiatrist, but there are many people who are not receiving the right information on how diabetes can affect the lower limbs and what can be done to manage the risk.
“This is why I wrote the book ‘Undefeeted by Diabetes’ and why Tina and I are using it to start a global campaign to cut down the number of people losing lower limbs to the disease.”
Peter’s book, ‘Undefeeted by Diabetes’, was launched earlier this year. It focuses on helping people with diabetes live in what Peter Allton calls the ‘diabetic sweet spot’ – the safest possible position for them. The ‘sweet spot’ refers to a combination of knowledge of what can go wrong, awareness of their personal risk and taking appropriate and timely action that helps them to live full and healthy lives.
The organisation is partnered by JDRF UK and LBG Medical.
Tina Allton, co-founder of Undefeeted by Diabetes, said, “We realised that with Peter being a podiatrist with diabetes and a diabetic daughter, we were in a unique position to make a global difference. We are probably the only family in this position in the whole world.
“With numbers of diabetes sufferers rising around the world and healthcare services such as the NHS extremely stretched, Undefeeted by Diabetes will help by giving people the tools to take ownership of an aspect of their health.”
Peter and Tina Allton are also the Clinical Director and Practice Manager at Circle Podiatry since 2001. It has two branches – one in Oxted, Surrey and one in Lewisham, South London. Circle Podiatry is the UK’s only multi-award winning private podiatry brand.
Circle Podiatry: http://www.circlepodiatry.co.uk/
JDRF UK: https://www.jdrf.org.uk/
Federation of Small Businesses: http://www.fsb.org.uk/
FSB Surrey Awards: http://surreyawards.co.uk/
LBG Medical: http://www.lbgmedical.com