My passion for the work InPuT do is no secret. Having witnessed first-hand the power of patients being given the knowledge, support and talking points needed to poke their consultants with a big technology-accessing stick, means I will always understand just how much they are needed in the diabetes landscape of the UK. Just recently I had the pleasure of attending the Animas weekend and having spoken to several people trying - with limited success - to access technology which could improve their lives, I know just how much that need continues.
I've also seen first-hand how carefully InPuT spend the money they get. In a world where charities come under fire all too often for big business-like spending and abhorrent expense account-rinsing, InPuTs fresh and frugal attitude to spending is the antidote. Encouraging the use public transport and relying heavily on the support of volunteers and part-time multi-skilled staff, their main aim is always to help people access appropriate diabetes medical technology. And here's to not forgetting that they are the only charity in the UK doing this.
If everyone in the UK who uses an insulin pump donated just £1 a year, InPuT would have the money to continue their work in the UK. If everyone who used some form of medical technology did so, they would be able to do even more. So how can we give back to one of the lesser-known but truly needed charities? Well this Sunday we have the chance!
Rather than asking you to interrupt your usual basal dosing of money to the charities you support on a regular basis, InPuT's donation is just a quick bolus of support. This Sunday, on the 151st day of the year (because NICE guidance TA 151 refers to the provision of access to pump technology, of course!), everybody is going to get 'together' for Sunday lunch, and in a virtual flash mob of support, will bolus just £5 to InPuT by texting 'INPU31 £5' to 70070.
I've been 'pumping' now for 5 years, so this year I will bolus my £1 per year to InPuT as a tiny - but enormously appreciated - 'thank you' for the work they do. Because I know how important it is that they have the funding they need. So, I ask this:
Have you benefited from the work InPuT do?
Do you know someone desperate to access technology who InPuT could help?
Did you find out about InPuT after your own battle with accessing technology?
Do you want to help other people access a pump or CGM?
Do you want to be involved in a frankly fantastic event?
Could you spare just £5?
If you answered 'yes' to any of those questions, I will see you at lunch!