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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 info@jdrf.org.uk or find your local office.

18
Aug

JDRF supporter Belinda Wright walks 55km, raising over £4,500

Belinda Wright from London chose to take part in the Isle of Wight Challenge in May and walked 55km around the island to raise over £4,500 for JDRF.

Belinda’s 15 year old goddaughter, Lily Devereux, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was nine, and Lily was her inspiration when the wind, rain and fog set in halfway round the route.

Belinda said: “visibility was very poor indeed and to say it was miserable would be an understatement! But I wanted to raise funds to help JDRF find a cure, so I wasn’t going to drop out.”

On the day of the challenge Belinda set off at 8am in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, the course took her through campsites, across beaches and bays and along coastal paths.

Belinda said: “A couple of my very generous sponsors had pledged £10 per kilometre and that really spurred me on through the last couple of hours and helped me keep going through to pass the markers for the last few kilometres”.

After a very tough day and only a couple of short comfort breaks Belinda crossed the finish line 12 hours later at 8pm and received a well-deserved finishers medal and glass of fizz.

A big thank you to Belinda for taking on this challenge and to all those who were so generous to support her efforts and help raise an incredible amount for type 1 diabetes research. Would you like to take part in a walk to raise money for JDRF? Click here to find out more.

04
Aug

JDRF supporter Holly Loveridge, age 10, raises £164 with 5k run

Holly Loveridge, 10, from Cirencester, and her dad Adam took part in organised 5K run in May around a lake in the Cotswolds, raising a fantastic £164 for JDRF with kind donations from friends and family.

Holly, who lives with type 1, had never run any distance like this before, and this was her first ever race. She had only started training four weeks before the event. During training she went out twice a week, increasing the distance each time and working out what carbs/glucose intake worked best. On the day she achieved a wonderful time of 33 minutes, taking into account several stops on each lap to test and refuel, sometimes testing on the run as she was keen not to stop.

Holly said she felt a 'little puffed', but was really pleased with what she had achieved. It just goes to show that if you put your mind to it and with a bit a planning anything is possible. A big thank you to Holly and Adam for taking on the challenge and raising money to support type 1 diabetes research.

If you'd like to take part in some fundraising for JDRF you can click here to find out more.

20
May

St John's-on-the-Hill school in Chepstow raises over £900 with charity day

A big thank you to St John's-on-the-Hill school in Chepstow, who held a charity day on 5 May and raised an impressive £935.23 for JDRF.

JDRF is a charity close to their heart as they currently enroll a child affected by type 1 diabetes. For the event, children got to dress up as anything beginning with the letters J, D, R or F. The pupils and staff displayed a wide range of costumes from Frenchie from Grease, to James Bond, dinosaurs and farmers.

Students were also encouraged to bring in coins from home to create a varied display of copper, silver and gold. This coin challenge was a huge success, contributing a good proportion of the total money raised. At break time there was a very popular cake and sweet sale, which was a complete sell-out.

To finish the day’s events, St. John’s held their very first inter-house, gladiator duel competition. Dean House was victorious, but everyone who took part gave a valiant effort. There was even time for teachers to take to the platform and give some entertaining performances.

Mr. Allen, head of Wye House, said: ‘Wye House would like to thank  the rest of the school for helping them raise £935.23 for JDRF. A brand new school record!'

15
May

JDRF supporters the Herretts raise more than £960

JDRF supporters Rebecca, 15, and Robert Herrett, 12, from Wilcot in Wiltshre have both taken on personal challenges and raised more than £960 between them recently.

Robert has swum two miles in his local pool and raised £503. Robert has had type 1 for ten years, but has not let it affect his very active participation in all sorts of competitive sports from Football, Cricket, Tae Kwon Do, Swimming, Rugby, Hockey and Table Tennis, to Squash and Tennis! He is a T1 Youth Ambassador and attended Type 1 Parliament last year as part of the #CountMeIn campaign.

Robert's older sister, Rebecca also wanted to do her bit, and decided to swim the length of the English Channel in the Herretts' local pool. Rebecca has swum 1,416 lengths over two months, completing the distance in 22 mile-long slugs. She has raised an impressive £460.

Rebecca said: 'All I want to do is to help find a cure quicker so my brother can stop having to have continuous injections and blood checks. Please help me to find a cure.'

23
Mar

Evening of live music raises £800 for JDRF

A very big thank you to Mark and Tanja Campen-Howarth and their daughter Emily who held a live music and entertainment evening on Saturday 14 March at the Fistral Beach Bar Newquay. The event raised an impressive £800 for JDRF.

Mark and Tanja were inspired by their five year old daughter Emily, pictured right, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago after falling into diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

There was a range of local musicians on night, as well as a raffle.

Mark and Tanja said: ‘We were supported by friends, family, colleagues, musicians and local businesses, to help raise money on the night and would like to give a big thank you to you all for all your support. We have been overwhelmed so far, as we had an initial goal of £500 and the total currently stands at just over £800’.

Mark has already got his sights set on his next challenge to raise money for JDRF – the 2015 Fisherman’s Friends Strongman in Germany.

Thinking of putting on your own event to raise money for JDRF? Click here to find out more!

25
Feb

Ten-year-old JDRF supporter's resolution to fundraise results in £2,000 donation

Ten-year-old JDRF supporter Nico Baker decided to make two new year’s resolutions at school in January. The first was to look after his sister, Hannah, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year ago, more and better given everything he has learnt about the condition. The second resolution was to raise as much money as he can for JDRF.

Nico’s resolutions have already inspired a few of his relatives to make a donation of £2,000 to JDRF and some family members have signed up to other fundraising challenges and activities.

Nico and Hannah’s mother, Pilar, said: ‘’Nico made the resolutions some weeks ago at school as part of a class activity – coincidentally and symbolically on the day of Hannah's first anniversary. Diabetes in not new to my family. My grandmother was diabetic, as well as my mum, brother, aunt and one of my cousins.

We were very touched by Nico's story. This is the start of a long journey and contributing to JDRF will be one of the ways to make sense of what Hannah is going through.’’

The whole family visited the JDRF head office to bring the donation and receive a certificate. Elizabeth Rowley, Regional Fundraiser, said “It was so lovely that the family personally visited the office to deliver this amazing donation and talk about their fundraising plans for the year to come. We are so grateful for their efforts and commitment to finding a cure for type 1.”

If you would like to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and JDRF, check out our great selection of resources online or get in touch with Elizabeth to talk about ways to get involved.

20
Jan

Salford swimming club raises £2,000 with New Year's Day swim

Karen Smith and Dave Quartermain from Uswim Openwater (pictured) started 2015 with a splash by holding their annual New Year’s Day Swim in aid of JDRF. The event raised a fantastic £2,000.

Member Karen Smith is also a Diabetes Specialist Children’s Nurse at the Royal Blackburn Hospital and wanted this year’s challenge to raise money in support of type 1 diabetes research. On 1 January, 160 daredevil open water swimmers welcomed in 2015 by diving into the icy waters at Dock 9, Salford Quays. Participants swam around a 200m swim course which was overseen by a safety crew of kayakers and a safety boat. Swimmers also contributed a car load of fooditems to a food bank at The Well, Farnworth Baptist Church.

Karen said: ‘Every year Uswim choose a children’s charity and this year JDRF seemed the perfect choice. It was a fantastic day with everyone embracing the spirit of the swim, we held a raffle and a hilarious hat competition. The swim was a definite success. Thank you to everyone that volunteered their time so that the funds could go to JDRF".

10
Dec

Nuneaton companies raise £2,500 thanks to JDRF supporter

Companies in the Nuneaton area have raised an impressive £2,500 after taking part in Grow Mow, a competition to grow beards and moustaches in aid of JDRF.

The event was launched on 1 November by Julian Little of Nuneaton Town FC. The club invited local companies to get involved or sponsor the event. Five companies volunteered: Stuart Plumbing Ltd, Sperrin Brewery Ltd, Enterprise UK Ltd, AR Cartwright’s Ltd and D.P’s Financial Advice & Services.

This was all thanks to David Parnell who has been involved in fundraising events at Nuneaton Town FC since they picked JDRF as their chosen charity for the 2014/2015 season. David's son James, 12, has had type 1 for three years. James is pictured right along with Nuneaton Town's manager Liam Daish (centre).

James said: “We have been humbled and surprised by the amount of goodwill and support we had from those taking part plus sponsors and would like to say a big thank you for all the efforts they have put in. This at a time when there is a lot of uncertainty in the world and families especially this time of year feel the pressure.”

10
Dec

Dickens Heath Community Primary School in Solihull raises £245 with #TypeOnesie day

Dickens Heath Community Primary School in Solihull donned their onesies to celebrate World Diabetes Day in aid of JDRF.

Jacqueline Nicholls, headteacher of the school, decided to take on this fundraising challenge after student Jake Mole, nine, was diagnosed with type 1 in March 2014. Jake is pictured right with JDRF's Cara. The school raised a fantastic £245 on the day and plan to do more fundraising for JDRF in the future.

Jake said ‘I want to be an inspiration to other children and young adults with type 1 diabetes who face the same day to day challenges the condition throws at them. You are not alone’.

25
Nov

Party in aid of JDRF raises £1,500

JDRF supporter Lauren Husbands put on a party for JDRF, raising an impressive £1,500.

Lauren, who has type 1 and is from Surrey, held the event on 15 November, the day after World Diabetes Day, at Sutton Cricket Club. It had a lively, party atmosphere, with a live DJ, catered buffet, Christmas card sale, guess the weight of the cake competition and a raffle. They also had the privilege of showcasing an authentic London 2012 Olympic Torch which had carried the Olympic flame as part of the relay – this was displayed at the event for a photo opportunity in exchange for donations.

Lauren said: 'I was dealing with the challenges of the condition and adapting to rapid life changes after a shock diagnosis last year, which motivated me to organise the event in the hope of creating a positive impact.'

'I received incredible support from friends and family and lots of positive feedback along with a few requests to organise another for next year. After dedicating such a large amount of time to organizing and planning the event, I am extremely pleased that all the hard work paid off and was able to raise £1,500 after so many generous contributions.'