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Thank you

Thank you to everyone helping us find the cure for type 1 diabetes

For 40 years JDRF has been at the forefront of type 1 diabetes developments, funding research projects around the globe. This has helped lead to improved treatments and a better understanding of the condition that will help us find the cure.

Finding the cure for type 1 diabetes is just a matter of time and money

But we couldn’t fund this research without your support. So allow us to say a huge thank you for supporting us, and we look forward to you hopefully fundraising for JDRF again in the future.

Whether you’re a regular supporter looking for your next fundraising opportunity or a first time fundraiser, there are plenty of things to get involved with. From simply hosting a coffee morning to trekking the Inca Trail, everybody can do their bit for type 1 diabetes research. Find out how to get involved with fundraising for JDRF.

Share your type 1 fundraising stories

We always love to hear about how our supporters are fundraising for us, regardless of how much you manage to raise. So whether it’s big or small, we want to hear about what you're up to! Email us at or find your local office.


Brothers of RAOB Tremain Lodge raise £1,000 for JDRF

A big thank you to the Brothers of RAOB Tremain Lodge in Sittingbourne, Kent, who have raised £1,000 for JDRF. The group kindly raised the money through a number of different events for their members. The cheque was picked up by Gabriella Childs of Faversham, Kent, who is seven years old and lives with type 1 diabetes.

If you are a member of a charity-supporting group or club such as an Inner Wheel or a Rotary and would like to get them fundraising for JDRF, you could request a Type 1 Talker to come along and speak at a meeting. Type 1 Talkers all have a personal connection to type 1 diabetes – either living with the condition themselves, or as a parent or relative of someone with type 1, and would love to share their story with your organisation.

To find out more about Type 1 Talkers and request one speak at your organisation, click here »


George Heriot's School in Edinburgh hold a Great British Bake Off for JDRF

George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh raised £170 for JDRF in December 2013 by putting on their own Great British Bake Off after being approached by pupil Callum Selman.

Callum and his mum Linda Selman approached the school and asked if they would do some fundraising for JDRF. Callum has type 1 diabetes as do some other pupils at the school.

The school were keen to support Callum and JDRF, and came up with the fantastic idea of holding their own Great British Bake Off for all the S4 pupils. They were invited to design and make their own cakes and bring them in for judging.

Teachers Mr Hector and Mrs Mitchell played the roles of Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry and judged the fabulous cakes that the pupils had made.

They had a difficult job to do, but eventually decided that the overall winner was Alasdair Fennel, who had managed to recreate the school's Old Building in sponge. Pupils Hannah Sweetnam, Emily Turnbull and Anna Massey were also highly commended.

Other pupils brought in delicious cakes and tray bakes that pupils and staff could buy. The whole day raised a brilliant £170 for JDRF. Thank you so much to everyone who took part and bought the delicious cakes on offer.


Black tie ball raises £1,500 for JDRF

As 2013 draws to a close we’re looking back on our supporters' fundraising events from earlier in the year. Stella Goddard (pictured) from Newark in Nottinghamshire organised a black tie summer ball for JDRF on Saturday 6 July.

The night took place at the Cedric Ford Pavilion at Newark Showground, and included performances from a live band and a magician. There was also an auction for three big prizes, including a weekend away in a motorhome and a trip to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium White Hart Lane, where the winner would meet former England and Spurs player Gary Mabbutt.

Stella decided to on organising this black tie ball after her daughter Holly was diagnosed with type 1 in August 2012. They raised a fantastic £3,000, which was split evenly between JDRF and Diabetes UK.

Stella said: “Before Holly was diagnosed we didn’t know anything about type 1 diabetes, so we wanted to use the ball to raise awareness of the condition.”


Star-studded Christmas Ding Dong raises £10,000 for JDRF

The Christmas Ding Dong for Diabetes, organised by JDRF supporter Jane Eglin, took place on Friday 6 December at Christ Church in New Malden, London. 540 people attended and with money still coming in it has raised an impressive £10,000 for JDRF.

The star-studded event was hosted by comedian Tim Vine and saw X Factor's Amelia Lily give an acoustic performance of 'Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree' and magician John Archer dazzle the crowd.

There were youth acts representing New Malden schools Christ Church Primary, Burlington Juniors, Corpus Christi Primary, Coombe Hill Infants, Coombe Boys School, and Coombe Girls School. There was also a raffle sponsored by Barclays Bank and children sold popcorn to guests.

Jane, who organised the event and whose son Freddie, seven, was diagnosed with type 1 in 2011 at the age of five, said: “We are so grateful to everyone, including our fantastic friends and the brilliant Barclays ladies, who contributed to make this an unforgettable evening. Thank you very, very much.”


A big thank you to everybody who Walked to Cure Diabetes in Bristol this year

Thank you to everyone that supported the Walk to Cure Diabetes Bristol this year, we hope you all thoroughly enjoyed the day despite the weather. Sponsorship is still coming in from the event and we are on our way to raising a fantastic £13,000. If you haven’t paid all your sponsorship money in yet, please send it into us as soon as possible.

A big thank you to everyone that took part in the Walk this year and has raised money to continue to fund research to find the cure. Additionally, thank you to all the volunteers on the day who gave up their time to support the event and contribute to it being such a success.

We are currently looking to put together a committee for future Walk to Cure Diabetes events in Bristol. If you are interested in being part of this committee, or you have any feedback about this year's event, please contact Danielle on 07908 155605 or email

Here are just a couple of our fundraisers' stories

A big thank you to Sarah, Mark and Ben Attwood, and Sarah’s brother Mark Turpie (pictured top right) who raised a fantastic £2,423 walking this year's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Bristol. Sarah was diagnosed with type 1 as a child and her son Ben, now nearly six, was diagnosed at the age of three. The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes was Ben’s first 5k sponsored walk, and he loved it! You can read Sarah's story in her own words here.

Sarah Belfield, along with Jem Marryat, Amy Belfield and Miri Belfield (pictured left), all walked the Walk to Cure Diabetes Bristol this year. Amy and Miri both have type 1 - Amy was diagnosed when she was just three and Miri when she was six. They are both now nine. As a family they raised a wonderful £1,450 including gift aid to continue supporting vital research into finding the all important cure.

Stuart Huke and Sarah Church, along with Ollie Huke, six, and Amelie Huke, four (pictured right battling the rain), took part in this year's Walk to help find the cure for Ollie, who was diagnosed with type 1 in February 2012. As a family they raised a wonderful £1,377.88 including gift aid. Stuart says: ‘Ever since we found out that Ollie had type 1 diabetes he has continued to amaze us all with his resilience and the way he copes with a smile on his face. I am so proud of him. It is so important that we fund research into understanding more about how we can help his life in the future and make his life easier.’

Thank you to you all for all your hard work in fundraising, and for supporting the relaunch of the Walk to Cure Diabetes Bristol.


Inspirational family raises awareness and over £2,000 for JDRF

Back in September 2012, Katherine Pearson was training for the Loch Ness Marathon when her son Cameron was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged just 11. Katherine put her training on hold to help Cameron deal with the diagnosis and begin learning about type 1 and everything that it meant for the family.

Come May 2013, Katherine was determined to run while also raising money for JDRF, so she ran the Edinburgh Marathon. The day before the marathon, Cameron himself took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Junior 3km run, and finished with a fantastic time of 12:17. Later in the summer it was Cameron’s older sister Kirsty’s turn. Kirsty is a keen outdoor swimmer, and at just 13 she swam the Channel in a team relay. The team completed the swim in nine hours, making them the fastest and youngest team to swim the channel. Each run and swim brought more and more sponsorship in and the Pearsons have now raised just over £2000 for JDRF, a fantastic achievement!

But it doesn’t end there, on 10 November Katherine arranged an interview on Victoria Radio Network Kirkcaldy. Katherine talked about type 1 diabetes and how it doesn’t need to stop you achieving anything you want to do. In 2014 Katherine plans to run the Isle of Skye half marathon.

Katherine said: “Having a child with type 1 is heartbreaking. Life changes overnight and I guess only people directly affected understand the real impact. I remain positive that advances will mean a cure, as long as we continue to fund the research.”

Holly Davies, Senior Regional Fundraiser for JDRF said: “The Pearon’s family drive to do wonderful things and raise money for JDRF has been just fantastic. We are so pleased to count them as some of our brilliant supporters here in Scotland. A big thank you to them all.”


JDRF supporter raises over £4,000 from coffee morning and Walk to Cure Diabetes

In late September, Karen Denholm, whose son Sam has type 1, was organising a coffee morning to raise money for JDRF. She had already raised £450 and was hoping for more. The coffee morning was planned for Saturday 5 October, the day before the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Central Scotland. Karen, along with her team of friends and family, worked hard to organise and hold a brilliantly successful coffee morning on Saturday. Then on Sunday morning they got their walking shoes ready and came along to the Walk to Cure Diabetes Central Scotland to continue fundraising for JDRF.

On the Sunday before the Walk began Karen lead a fantastic warm up that got all 300 of our walkers ready. The team enjoyed the Walk despite the very Scottish weather. At the time of writing, Sam’s team have raised a fantastic £4001.61 from the coffee morning and Walk, far exceeding any expectations for their fundraising when they first began.

Karen said: “Sam and our family would like to thank everybody for their contributions at Sam's Coffee Morning to Cure Diabetes, which included donations of baking, raffle prizes, face painting and helpers on the day. We'd also like to thank St Andrew's Church for providing a first class venue for the coffee morning, which raised £1312.11.

Our family, friends and my work colleagues joined Sam in his walk. It was an emotional, fun and inspiring experience. Big congrats and thanks to Ray MacLean, Garry Dempster and all the walkers for all your wonderful fundraising efforts, it was fantastic to get the opportunity to meet and walk with you. I was also delighted to receive a cheque for an additional £706.50 from William Hill, my employer. Everyone’s continued support is taking us another step closer to a cure for Sam and everyone all over the world with type 1 diabetes.”

Holly Davies, Senior Regional Fundraiser for JDRF said: “Karen and Sam’s team have done an absolutely fantastic job fundraising so much money.  It’s been wonderful seeing the number of friends and family that they have been able to involve and inspire through their fundraising. A very big thank you from all at JDRF Scotland for all their hard work.”


11-year-old West End star Issac Rouse raises over £500 for JDRF

11-year-old Issac Rouse has just completed a run in the hit West End show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical at the Theatre Royal on Dury Lane. This was Isaac’s West End debut, and playing the lead role Charlie Bucket was a dream come true.

After an amazing nine months it was Isaac’s final performance on Wednesday 13 November. To mark this momentous occasion he asked the theatre if they could hold a collection in aid of JDRF to help his cousin Mable, nine, who was diagnosed with type 1 when she was two.

The theatre said yes and the collection raised a superb £524.55. A huge thank you to the Rouse family for choosing to support JDRF and for organising this collection.


Vintage fair in Cirencester raises over £3,000 for JDRF and local school

A big thank you to Hilary Chester-Master and co-organiser Emma, who organised a vintage fair at the Organic Farm Shop Cirencester on Saturday 2 November to raise funds in aid of JDRF. Hilary's granddaughter Lily Williams (pictured right, choosing a raffle ticket) has type 1. The day was a huge success, raising £3,000 for JDRF and the Paternoster School in Cirencester.

The vintage fair took place in the largest room on site, with 20 stallholders taking part. There was a wide variety of stalls, selling ecletic homeware, clothing and gifts, perfect for those early Christmas presents. On top of the shopping, there was delicious food and fantastic coffee, with everybody safe in the knowledge that the profits from everything they bought was being donated to JDRF and the Paternoster School.

A raffle was also held, with some fantastic prizes being donated from small businesses locally. Thank you to all those who contributed to the raffle through donating prizes as well as purchasing tickets. Additionally a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped on the day in making the event such a huge success, and to the staff at the Organic Farm Shop who donated their wages for the day to the charities.

Thank you for a wonderful day at Vintage Heaven today. Lovely people, beautiful things and a really warm and vibrant atmosphere. Well done to everyone involved in the organisation whose hard work made it such a successful event for worthy causes. - Quote from one of the attendees


Concert raises over £3000 for JDRF

JDRF supporter Ethne Hepburn organised a concert by Glaswegian singing group Brats and Callets, raising over £3,000 towards helping find the cure.

On 4 October the residents of Kilmacolm gathered at St Columba Church to listen to an enchanting evening concert by Brats and Callets. The evening had been generously organised by Mrs Ethne Hepburn.

Ethne Hepburn said: “I organised this concert for my granddaughter, Rebecca, and everyone else who lives with type 1 diabetes. Rebecca was diagnosed at eight months old. I hope this concert with go some way to help JDRF find a cure for type 1 diabetes.”

The church was nearly full as Rebecca, eight, stood up to tell everyone what it was like to live with type 1 diabetes. The music then started with Brats and Callets singing a number of different pieces with everything from 'The Lord is My Shepherd' to 'Fly Me to the Moon'. By the end of the evening a fantastic £3,753.85 (including Gift Aid) had been raised.

Holly Davies, Senior Regional Fundaiser at JDRF, said: “I was just delighted when I heard Ethne’s plans for the concert. I couldn’t believe how many people she managed to get to come to the concert and how much money she raised. It was just a fantastic achievement. A big thank you to Ethne and all the friends and family who helped her raise such a brilliant amount.”