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Diana Award Winner

6 July 2020

Sixth Year High School of Glasgow pupil Rohan McMillan wins prestigious Diana Award for his work with Diabetes UK. 

 

Nominated by School Nurse Jane Sim, with support from Diabetes Scotland, Rohan received the prestigious Diana Award for his work supporting Diabetes Scotland.

 

Rohan demonstrated his ability to inspire, help and create long lasting change for his community and beyond. Rohan stepped up to the mark by giving his time and enthusiasm to help others. The Diana Awards were held virtually on Wednesday 1st July, where only 184 young people worldwide received an Award.  Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.

 

Rohan said, "I am thrilled to have won The Diana Award, I have always believed that having Diabetes should never stop young people from achieving and getting involved. I have enjoyed helping younger pupils manage the condition, and educate our wider School about how to support people with Diabetes."

Mrs Sim said, "Rohan has been a great ambassador and help to myself and Diabetes Scotland. Having managed his own disease from an early age, he has been an inspiration to our entire School, I am so glad The Diana Award have recognised Rohan and his amazing achievements."

Allan Kirkwood, Volunteer Development Manager at Diabetes Scotland, said:  “Rohan is an exceptional young man and we are delighted that he has been recognised with this award.  As one of our dedicated young volunteers, Rohan has supported many children and young people with type 1 diabetes, raised awareness and vital funds to support the charity’s work, and is always enthusiastic to do more.  He has recently launched a new fundraising initiative as a spin off to our ‘One Million Steps Challenge’ where he has recruited others to join him in a virtual walk around the world.   Everyone at Diabetes Scotland would like to offer huge congratulations to Rohan for winning this award and a heartfelt thank you for all of his support.”

 

Rohan worked to support others with type 1 diabetes in school in addition to volunteering with Diabetes Scotland, a cause close to his heart. He has been the driving force behind the Law House fundraising week, sharing his story to inspire support for Diabetes UK. He believes that educating the whole school about Type1 Diabetes and detecting the signs of hypoglycaemia will help support those who have this diagnosis.

Rohan worked closely with school nurse, Jane Sim, and supported the school to gain the award of ‘Good Diabetes Care in School’.  He has been a buddy for younger pupils with type 1 diabetes which has been a huge success as he is always on hand to have a chat about practical and emotional issues that may arise. He is a fantastic role model for them, encouraging them to take ownership of their diabetes and not allowing their condition to get in the way of participating in all activities in and out of school such as school trips home & abroad, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and daily school life. Rohan has positive experiences of these activities first hand so is the ideal point of contact for these pupils.

Rohan is also a lay member on the ‘NICE Diabetes Update Guideline Committee’, which considers new national guidelines for diabetes care, providing vital patient input.

 

 

 

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