A Newport man with Type 1 diabetes is organising a special festive concert to raise funds for Diabetes UK at Strings Bar and Venue on Friday (22nd December).

22-year-old Josh Leal was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2006, but has hasn’t let that stop him in life.

The aerospace technician has arranged for local bands Goo Lagoon, Avocado Sunrise and Peach Fuzz to perform on Friday night.

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Josh said:

“Diabetes UK provide advice, support and education to those that live with and those that are at risk of diabetes. I wanted to give something back to the charity who have helped me so I decided to get some friends together from the local music scene and put a special gig on.

“It’s been hard work but it’ll be worth it. We expect over 100 people to attend which would be a great turnout for a great cause. It’ll be a really fun night just before Christmas.”

Diabetes is a huge and growing problem across the UK. It’s a serious condition which affects more than 4.5 million people in the UK, and is the fastest-growing health crisis of our time. Not managed properly, it can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and lower limb amputations.

Josh said:

“My advice to young people with diabetes is don’t be embarrassed about your condition. I’ve known other young people who have kept their condition almost a secret and often don’t take their medication out with them on nights out through fear of embarrassment.

“There isn’t anything to be embarrassed about, bring it up frequently in conversation, sometimes even make a joke about it; just make it a talking point among your friends. Because I’m relaxed and open about it, my friends understand it and look out for me, one day it could genuinely save your life.”

All are welcome to Strings on Friday 22nd December. Doors open at 19:30. To purchase tickets visit

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