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Ball raises more than just sugar levels...

In October, the diabetes team from Southampton General Hospital hosted the first Sugarfall Ball at Chilworth Manor. The generosity of our guests saw the team raise the incredible sum of £2,800 for Southampton Hospital Charity.

Following a sparkling drinks reception, guests were treated to a delicious three course meal, whilst being entertained by a table magician. Dinner was followed by a live folk music set, and guests were later captured by a visiting caricaturist.

So why is it important to raise funds for Sugarfall?

Sugarfall was established in 2012 and is part of Southampton Hospital Charity. All money raised from fundraising events will be going towards purchasing specialist equipment and educational resources to help with the care of adult patients with diabetes at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

The event also saw the diabetes team host a silent auction, with a wide array of items up for grabs, which included a flying lesson, a stay at Chilworth Manor  itself, a signed Harlequins rugby shirt, a deep sea fishing trip and an indoor skydiving lesson!

Background on diabetes

  • The number of adult inpatients with diabetes at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is increasing annually.
  • The most recent survey demonstrated that 1 in 5 adults (18%) had diabetes.
  • Diabetes is a disease characterised by uncontrolled high blood sugar levels.
  • Diabetes increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and blindness.
  • It is rare for diabetes itself to be the main reason for admission to hospital.
  • It is common for the stress of being unwell to upset usual diabetes control.
  • Patients with diabetes often experience deterioration in their condition in hospital which can increase their hospital stay by 2-3 days at least.
  • Patients with diabetes as a group have extra health needs when in hospital, such as the need for regular blood sugar monitoring.


The diabetes team are looking forward to planning further fundraising events, with a November raffle next on the list. The draw will take place on Friday 14th November, which happens to be World Diabetes Day. At the end of November, the winner of the signed Saints shirt will also be announced.

Suzie Simmons, Fundraising Manager, comments: “We are thrilled by the amount raised by the Sugarfall diabetes team. The ball was a resounding success and the cause is something which many our local population can relate to. 

We were shocked that one in five adults in hospital can have diabetes, so events like the Sugarfall ball help to raise much needed funds to support the team and improve patient experience.”

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