Sep 12th 2017

Doctor-turns-singer to raise cash for diabetes charity

He’s the singing Birmingham doctor who uses his musical talent for good and has already raised more than £1,000 for a leading diabetes charity.

Dr Parijat De, is a diabetes & endocrinology consultant at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust by day – but at night he comes alive on stage when he performs Bollywood classics.

Over the past year, the professionally trained singer has traveled across the UK playing to packed audiences, all in aid of Diabetes UK.

He has selflessly donated all the money raised through ticket sales to the charity.

“As a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, I have witnessed first-hand the excellent work that the charity does to improve the health and wellbeing of patients,” he explained.

“I wanted to give something back to the organisation and thought it would be a good idea to sing and raise funds for charity. This year, I decided to donate all the money I earned through singing, which totalled £1,100.

“It would be great if the money is used for research as the outcomes would make a significant difference to our patients, helping them to have the quality of life that they deserve.”

Dr De is known not just in the UK for his singing, but has also performed in Norway and India.

He added: “When I don’t work at the hospital, I often perform at events across the country as a professional Bollywood singer.  Some people are surprised when they hear what I do. It’s a great joy and I love doing this for the community.

“It’s been a passion of mine from my college days and I have even produced three CDs of my singing.”

Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK Midlands regional head said: “Big thanks to Dr De for his generous donation. The money raised will help our work to understand the causes of diabetes, find ways to help people manage their diabetes – and try to prevent and, one day, cure the condition.”

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. In the UK, 3.6 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and 11.9 million people are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. For more information about diabetes and the charity’s work, visit www.diabetes.org.uk

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