Just over 20 years ago in April 1999 Lord Butterfield opened the new diabetes and endocrine Centre at Addenbrooke’s. The new centre was called the The Eleanor Cripps Diabetes and Endocrine Centre as a tribute to Eleanor Cripps who died of kidney failure after having longstanding diabetes. The new centre was made possible by the kind donations made to the Diabetes Centre Appeal, one of which was an extremely generous donation from Eleanor’s parents, Sir Humphrey and Lady Cripps.
The purpose built centre which treats patients with diabetes and gland problems, consisted of 8 consulting suits together with a chiropody surgery and minor treatment room, a three bedded investigation unit, a library and teaching facilities.
Earlier this year, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust and the Eleanor Cripps Diabetes and Endocrine Fund have partnered with Diabetes UK to co-fund a fellowship in research related to diabetes.