Receiving £10,000: Robert Williams, Derek Quinnell, George Parker, Liz Parker, Dr Sam Rice, Joanne Morris, Dr Meurig Williams and Debbie Tipping. Photo: Alun Jones

Thanks to the luck of the draw one of Llanelli’s newest treatment centres for diabetes is £10,000 better off. Parker Plant Hire Ltd were one of the VIP Patrons at the Cinio Cofio event at Parc y Scarlets on Tuesday (Oct 31). Two prizes of £10,000 and £5,000 for the VIP Patrons nominated charities were on offer for the first and second names out of the hat.

George Parker, Mrs Parker and his party of guests from the Dr Meurig Williams Diabetes Centre at Prince Phillip Hospital received the £10,000 award, which will now go towards much needed equipment for the centre.

The Meurig Williams Diabetes Centre is a culmination of the relocation of diabetes services and was named after recently retired Senior Diabetes Consultant Dr Meurig Williams. The award has added poignancy as two of the nurses Debbi Tipping and Joanne Morris were nurses involved in caring for Ray Gravell during his treatment for diabetes.

It is the first time in Wales for a centre to offer all the services for the care and treatment of patients with diabetes including Diabetic Eye Screening Wales, Vascular Podiatry, Leg Ulcer Clinics, Diabetes Nurse Specialist Clinics, Chronic Conditions Clinical Psychology, Dietetics, Insulin Pump and Antenatal Clinics, in effect a one-stop diabetes centre. It has its own parking facilities right next to the building.

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