A 90-year-old man has been described as a “great example to others” after being awarded a special medal for successfully managing his diabetes for six decades.
Stanley Schofield, who lives in Hitcham, near Bildeston, was presented with the Robert Lawrence medal by consultant Dr John Clarke at West Suffolk Hospital on Wednesday.
He is the first patient at the hospital to receive the 60-year medal – given out by Diabetes UK to people who have lived successfully with type 1 diabetes.
Mr Schofield, who has to inject himself with insulin twice a day, said he was shocked to receive the award.
“I was in the RAF for six years and won two medals,” he said. “This was quite a surprise – I never realised you could get a medal for being poorly.”
Mandy Hunt, a diabetes specialist nurse at the hospital, said she was “delighted” to present Mr Schofield with the honour.
“Living with type 1 diabetes for such a long time is a real achievement,” she said. “Stanley has set a great example to our other patients by showing them that if they work at it, they can successfully manage their condition and stay well for many years.”