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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.


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.”


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.”