Couple’s silver lining for charity’s coffers

Brian and Dee Corbett
Brian and Dee Corbett

Owners of a local bar celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in style by raising £1,070 for a diabetes charity.

Proprietors of Laganview Arms, Brian and Dee Corbett, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and in lieu of presents they asked friends and family to donate money to Diabetes UK.

Brian was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes four years ago and the couple managed to raise £370 - but this wasn’t the end of their fundraising efforts.

They also went on to further fundraising after hearing of someone with Type 1 diabetes.

Brian explained, “Following a discussion with a patron, Jerry McGrillen, we decided to do another fundraising event as his daughter, Natasha, has Type 1 diabetes and has been living with the condition for eight years now.

“The local Mace shop got involved as did other patrons and the local people from the village helped raise further money for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.”

A group of 14 people met at the Laganview Arms, dressed in onesies then went on to walk Slieve Croob.

“We were amazed to see the support that we got and raised a further £700 bringing the overall total to £1,070 so we want to thank everyone who took part and supported our events.’”

Naomi Brown, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland Regional Fundraiser said, “We are absolutely delighted to hear about the amazing efforts of Brian and Dee Corbett as well as Jerry McGrillen who have helped raise awareness as well as a fantastic amount of money for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.

“There are now over 80,000 people living with the condition in Northern Ireland so we need to keep raising awareness about diabetes, whether it is Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes. “Fundraisers like Brian, Dee and Jerry really make the difference and we are hugely grateful for all they have done with the support of the people of Dromara.”

Anyone who would like to fundraise or volunteer for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland then contact our office to find out more about all the opportunities we have on 028 9066 6646 or

There are 3.2m people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 630,000 people who have the condition, but don’t know it.

Diabetes means that the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. This is because your pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter your body’s cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).