The inspirations behind Pop4Diabetes

Shane Board

Shane Board

Shane was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes at the age of 10. He struggled to come to terms with it at first but has now turned his life around and uses his talent to raise money for the National Charity Diabetes UK and international charity JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

He was honoured at being asked to be a speaker at the national Diabetes UK conference in Nottingham, where he talked about how he copes with his diabetes and how it fits in with his busy lifestyle.

Shane is also a website designer running his own business Bluenote Solutions in Dorset.

Shane has just been awarded his second certificate for all his hard work and dedication towards Diabetes UK, On arriving back from the conference he had a number of letters waiting to say how inspiring he is to other young people living with diabetes. His family also recieved an email from the conference organiser saying how proud they should be of Shane and that so many delegates had commented on him being an inspiration. They will also be keeping him in mind for other events and talks.

He is now aged 23 and plans to dedicate as much time as possible to the charity and raising the much needed funds for research into a better future with diabetes and working towards a cure.

Shane has previously performed and presented three pop concert style theatre shows of his own before Pop 4 Diabetes was born. He has performed all over the  UK in a number of different venues with dancers, bands and even big band. He has also appeared in a number of T.V programmes and commercials as well as professional pantomime and feature film.

Before his performing career, Shane was a national karate champion and southern region champion on many occasions. Shane is a spotlight registered actor.

Shane was a speaker and performed at The mayors charity Ball at the Hilton Hotel London which was a great honour and is booked for a number of different events .The Pop 4 Diabetes new Charity CD,Your Day Will Come was released on June 20th and all the profits from CD sales will go to research into diabetes.


Richard Lane OBE

Richard Lane OBE

Richard is 64 years old, and is married with two children. He lives in Bromley.

Richard retired as a partner in BDO Stoy Hayward, Chartered Accountants, in December 2003, through ill health caused by Type 1 Diabetes. He is now a non-executive director of five growing companies. He has always been heavily involved in a range of charitable and other community activities, and is now, amongst other responsibilities, Chairman of a Hospice.

Richard has been a serious and brittle Type 1 Diabetic since 1976, treated with insulin injections and then an insulin pump. He suffered from a substantial number of hypoglycaemic reactions and comas, and from a range of complications associated with Type 1 Diabetes. Between September 2004 and January 2005, he received three Islet Cell Transplants at King's College Hospital, in the care of a team lead by Professors Stephanie Amiel and Nigel Heaton. From this amazing research project, he became the first Type 1 Diabetic in the UK to be able to stop taking insulin.

He is a Vice-President of Diabetes UK, a member of the UK and English Advisory Councils of Diabetes UK, and of their Finance Subcommittee.

He has spoken over 75 times all over the UK, principally on behalf of Diabetes UK, about his remarkable treatment and the extraordinary improvements thus made to his and his family's lives. He will never be able to thank Diabetes UK enough for funding this research and treatment, and to Professors Amiel and Heaton, and all at King's College Hospital for providing it!

October 2007


John Davis

John Davis

John Davis was first diagnosed with diabetes in 1987 following severe pancreatitis. A pump user himself since 1997, he founded INPUT in 1998.

INPUT serves as a centre for information on insulin pump therapy and an advocacy group for consistent funding for insulin pump therapy across the UK.

NHS Primary Care Trusts must comply with NICE Technology Appraisals, but inadequate governmental supervision of their implementation and little support from the Department of Health to establish best practices have made the NICE guidance on insulin pump therapy very difficult to enforce. INPUT works with Diabetes UK, JDRF, the Department of Health, members of all UK Parliaments, the diabetes care industry, consultant diabetologists, diabetes specialist nurses, general practitioners, to bring about full adoption of the NICE guidance on insulin pump therapy. In 2006 John was winner of the Diabetes UK "HG Wells Award".