Sir Peter Dixon, Chairman of Diabetes-UK will be our chief guest for the Preston Health Mela. This annual health awareness event will be held at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) on Saturday 16 April 2016.

sir-peter-dixon-100x135Sir Peter Dixon took up the post of Chairman of Diabetes UK on 1 January 2013. Peter brings to the charity a depth of senior-level experience with the NHS and other public bodies. For ten years he served as a Council Member and Trustee for the NHS Confederation, the membership body for all organisations that commission and provide NHS services. He has also been Chairman of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Enfield and Haringey Health Authority.

Peter has been a board member in registered social landlords for nearly 40 years and was Chairman of the Housing Corporation, the government’s national affordable housing agency. He was knighted for services to housing in 2009.

The Health Mela (Fair) brings together the community and health care providers so that individuals can take control of their own health. It provides access to health information and a health MOT provided by a team of healthcare professionals. Children can participate in several activities such as painting and decorating Health Tree with messages. In the Teddy Bear clinic, children can have the health of their teddy bears checked by specialists. Everyone can make their own smoothy drink on the smoothy bike. The entire event is free to attend, open from 11 am till 4 pm with free car parking facilities near the site.