A foundation set up in the memory of Michael Green will hold an event in Watford to raise awareness about diabetes.

Mr Green from St Albans died in December 2012 from a heart attack, which is a complication of having type two diabetes. 

His wife, Joanne, 52, set up The Michael Green Foundation based in Bushey in his memory. The charity has teamed up with Diabetes UK to offer free type two diabetes risk assessments in Watford.

She said: "When he died, Michael was only 53, but he'd had type two diabetes for 28 years. He didn’t take it seriously or pay heed to changing his diet and lifestyle. 

"My 16-year-old daughter Natalia and I did not want anyone else to go through the trauma of losing a loved one like we did. That is why we set up the foundation - to try and raise more awareness of diabetes and to help people understand their condition and control it.

"Type two diabetes can, with the right diet and exercise regime, be managed. If we can raise awareness of this and help others by also raising funds through the foundation, then perhaps we can save a life and save others from suffering the pain and loss that we experienced."

Since the foundation was launched in June 2013 it has raised more than £36,000. 

Now part of the money is being used to fund the Diabetes UK Roadshow, which will be outside in the High Street, Watford, from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, November 15.

The roadshows offer a quick and confidential assessment so that people can find out if they have, or are at risk of developing type two diabetes.

For more information visit www.diabetes.org.uk or www.michaelgreenfoundation.org.