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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 [email protected] or find your local office.


Halloween office fun raises over £1,300 for JDRF

People in the vicinity of Portal Financial in Rochester, Kent, may well have found the offices a little scary last week. All those who worked there entered into the spirit of Freaky Friday, joining in the Halloween festivities to raise funds for JDRF.

The fun was orchestrated by JDRF supporter Jamie Smith-Thompson, who is a Managing Partner of Portal Financial. Zombies, witches and some really horrible ghouls crept in to work for the day and had some fun with a raffle and a bake sale.

All in all donations totalled a fantastic £1,312. Thank you to all at Portal Financial!


Davie Cowie swims equivalent length of the English Channel for JDRF

JDRF supporter Davie Cowie has swam the equivalent length of the English Channel – 21 miles or 33,796.224 metres – over a seven day period, raising £7,350.

Davie, 40, is from Westhill, Aberdeenshire. His son Adam Cowie, 7, was diagnosed with type 1 on 1 September 2013. David (pictured at the Walk to Cure Diabetes Aberdeen with Callum, 5, in the middle and Adam on the right) was motivated to raise money for JDRF after being inspired by how his son has dealt with the daily challenges of using his insulin pump and having an extremely active lifestyle.

He swam 100 lengths in two hours each day at the Aberdeen Sports Village swimming pool from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 September 2014 and completed the challenge in 14 hours and one minute. David had aimed for a target of £1,000 but after receiving over 160 donations he raised a fantastic total of £7,350.

Davie said: "I decided to do something to raise funds for JDRF as being a parent and watching what Adam does makes me feel pretty helpless sometimes. I wanted to take on something that would test me and would be out of the ordinary. I was delighted to complete the challenge but feel I can do more, so I will be looking for bigger challenges in the near future.

"I am blown away by the generosity of people and would like to give a heartfelt thank you to every person who helped me raise this total. The day Adam was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes felt like the end of the world. Since that day Adam and my family have been hugely impressed by the support, expertise and knowledge that is readily available to us. I will continue to be involved with JDRF to help them find a cure for diabetes.

"Catriona Morrice from JDRF who has supported me all the way from the start of this challenge. Jan Griffiths and Graham Morrison from the Aberdeen Aquatic Centre were extremely generous with the use of their swimming pool and very accommodating / supportive of my challenge.  I would like to sincerely thank these three people for their excellent support."

Catriona Morrice, Senior Regional Fundraiser for JDRF said, "Davie's story is truly inspirational and shows the passion and drive it took to complete this challenge. A huge thank you to Davie for raising an incredible amount of £7,350 and to everyone who supported and sponsored him."

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JDRF supporters cycle 550 miles to raise £13,000

JDRF supporters Ben Aymes and Ian Thompson have raised nearly £13,000 for JDRF by cycling 550 miles.

They originally set themselves a target of £5,000, however, after tackling hills and dales across England they found that their hard work, energy and sheer determination has led them to huge success. The pair visited Siemens sites on each day of the six days the ride took.

We have followed them every inch of the way from their start at Durham to their finish at Poole. Along the way, there have been loads of laughs and lots of emotion and many surprise donations such as the one from the security guard at Siemens in Durham who donated all the notes in his pockets – he too was type 1.

So, as well as a huge thanks to Ben and Ian we’d like to pass our thanks to all the cyclists who joined them on the route, the support car drivers, to all those at Siemens and ABP who greeted, baked cakes, organised fetes and contributed to the fundraising total.

Ben’s daughter Grace, inspired the Big Cycle and her words are the wisest: "see Daddy there are some good things that come from having type 1 diabetes".

You can read more about their challenge by clicking here

Inspired? Why not sign up to do a cycle for JDRF?


Pauline Robertson ran the Baker Hughes 10k to raise funds for JDRF

Pauline Robertson, from Bridge of Don, Aberdeen who works for Ferguson Law decided to run the Baker Hughes 10k to raise funds for JDRF as her eldest son, Matthew, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 18 years old in 2010.  She has experienced first-hand how challenging the lifelong condition can be and wanted to help JDRF fund their world-class research to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

With the help of her canine friends she trained hard for the Race, completing the 10k in a fantastic time of 58 minutes and 31 seconds she said ‘It might not seem far, but those who ran it, especially the over 40’s, I’m sure would agree it does take some effort.   Since I was dog walking anyway, I tried to combine the two in training for the race and the dogs (Shadow and Fergie) would often run along behind me.  They are 9 and 10 and so it was a bit of an effort for them too although they are a lot fitter than me.’

Pauline has raised over an incredible £1,000 ‘Our firm are a member of the Aberdeen IFA Forum group and I know they have supported other charities in the past, so I was very pleased when I asked and they agreed to donate £500 to the charity in addition to the money I’d bullied out of my family and friends!’    

A big thank you from all at JDRF to Pauline, the IFA Forum, those who sponsored her and especially Shadow and Fergie, her canine friends who helped her through her training.

If Pauline’s story has inspired you to take on an event, why not check out our event listing to see how you can join the JDRF team in finding the cure for type 1 diabetes.


Alice’s story as to why she took part in the half marathon and decided to raise money for JDRF

On the 1 May, Alice Allan from Middlesex took part in the Hawassa Half Marathon in Ethiopia. Here is Alice’s story as to why she took part in the half marathon and decided to raise money for JDRF.

“In Ethiopia, unless you are one of the wealthiest few, Type 1 diabetes often means death. Most children never get as far as being diagnosed, and those who do don't have access to all the testing kits and medical check ups and insulin that my daughter Cara, now 8, diagnosed at 6, takes for granted. Even relatively well off Ethiopians still use a 'two injections a day system' that Britain phased out years ago; it doesn't control sugars well and means massive diet control.That's why, as a just-turned-40 non-runner, I decided to start training, to raise money for JDRF by running in the Hawassa half marathon last week. 

Hawassa is lower and hotter than Addis Ababa where we have lived for the last 3 years, but it's still as high as Ben Nevis, a fact not lost on me as I jogged my third sweaty, blistered lap around the stunning lake! Vervet monkeys carrying tiny babies scurried across the path and Maribou storks clacked their beaks from nests in the Acacia tress that line the streets. Street kids held out their hands to be 'high-fived' and as I reached the finishing line (a not that impressive 2 and a half hour time behind me) the crowds of Ethiopians cheered and clapped. It was a great feeling to have finished, and to know that £700 would go to JDRF. It was the sponsorship pledges that gave me the motivation I needed to train and got me through the run.

The run was organised by another charity working in Ethiopia, to promote its work here, but it seemed appropriate for me to also raise money to find a cure for a  condition that has serious consequences for children in this country. If and when the West finds a cure, or a better way of managing this horrible condition, I hope it will be quickly shared around the whole world, for all our children.By raising money for JDRF I know I am contributing to finding a cure which will help other children in the UK and Ethiopia as well as my own daughter. " 


JDRF supporter raises £350 by swimming a mile

Grace Homeyard, 7, raised a fantastic £350 for JDRF by doing a sponsored swim on 6 April.

Grace ended up swimming for a mile – over three times her original target of 500 metres. She also made and sold cakes on the day to raise extra.

Grace said: "I would like to raise money for JDRF because I know people with type 1 diabetes find it hard. Children with type 1 have to either have an insulin pump or injections. They also have to have blood tests before they eat and go to bed. I know all this because my mummy is a diabetes nurse annd my daddy has type 1 too. I think children with type 1 feel they are different. That is why we need a cure."


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.”