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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.

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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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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.


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.


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.”


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.”


Scotland launches Walk season with £100,000 raised

Scotland kick started JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes season on Sunday 15 September, raising over £100,000 to help find the cure for type 1 diabetes.

Over 500 dedicated fundraisers took part in the Walk to Cure Diabetes Scotland at Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen, and JDRF would like to thank everyone who helped to make it such a fantastic day. The Walk has raised £100,000 so far, with more expected as sponsorship money continues to come in. The funds will go towards vital research to help JDRF find the cure for type 1 diabetes. 

A special thank you goes to all the families who came along, volunteers who were essential to the smooth running of the event and the sponsors of the day:

Platinum: ASCO Group, Tulloch Recruitment, ARR Craib Transport Ltd

Gold: TAQA, Marathon Oil

Silver: Subsea 7

Bronze: Briggs Equipment UK, Amor Group

Catering: Entier

A huge thank you to the Brudolff Hotel Group for their very kind support of the event.


JDRF’s Development Manager for Scotland, Alastair Brookes, said:

“We would like to thank each and every one who supported the Walk and came along on the day, whether to complete the 5K or 7K, volunteer or to just have fun. Everyone did a fantastic job of fundraising and year on year we are overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. We would like to thank all of our fantastic sponsors for their excellent support. We really would not have been able to achieve this without you.”


Derek Smith, ASCO Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Walk Chairman, said: 

“It was great to see so many of you at the walk on what was a typical day of Scottish weather – many thanks to you all for braving the elements and giving your personal time and commitment to the JDRF cause. It was fantastic that we raised over £100,000, and I’m very proud to have been Chairman of the Walk this year. We all have the comfort of knowing that all of the money raised goes towards finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and it takes us another important step closer to that cure. Thanks also to those who participated for filling in our survey forms. We’re keen to hear your views on the Walk and what can be improved for next year. Unfortunately we cannot control the weather, however for many of us that just adds to the challenge. Hope to see you all again next year and many thanks again.”


Plans for next year’s Walk are well underway. You can register your interest here. We look forward to seeing you in 2014.

We have uploaded some of our favourite images Walk to Cure Diabetes Scotland - click here to have a look.


The first ever Walk to Cure Diabetes in Central Scotland is a brilliant success

On 6 October at 7am the JDRF team arrived at the Falkirk Wheel to set up the first ever Walk to Cure Diabetes in Central Scotland. Seven and a half hours later it was all over. 297 people had come with the sponsorship money they had raised to the Falkirk Wheel. Our wonderful volunteers checked them in, sold them t-shirts and hoodies and then they enjoyed the cake stall and face painters.

At 10.50am we announced who our top online fundraisers were and remembered that we were all there to help find the cure for type 1 diabetes. Karen Denholm then led a brilliant warm up, which got everyone moving and ready for the walk itself. At about 11am the walk ribbon was cut by Hazel McKellar which began the walk. Hazel and her husband Andrew have been long-term supporters of JDRF, organizing their own walk a few years ago. The walkers headed off, and enjoyed a beautiful route along the canal, through woodland and moorland and then back to the Falkirk Wheel. Rufus the Bear was ready and waiting when our first walkers, not to say runners, got back to receive their medals.

By this point the rain had begun but that didn’t dampen the high spirits as walkers had their photos taken with Rufus. By 2.30pm the walkers had gone, and the JDRF team were packing up, pleased it had gone so well.

At the time of writing the walk has raised £17,959.74 and this is set to rise with sponsorship still coming in. A massive thank you to everyone who came and supported the walk, whether as a walker, a volunteer, a face painter or a general helper. Thank you so much.

We are now planning next year’s walk. You can register your interest here and we will be in touch once we have a date set. We look forward to seeing you then.


You are invited to Sam's Coffee Morning to Cure Diabetes

Sam Denholm was diagnosed with type 1 in November 2012 when he was seven. His family found out about JDRF at the hospital and they then decided that they wanted to raise some money for JDRF. The family decided to host a coffee morning and got in touch with JDRF to get some materials. Karen, Sam’s mum, also happened to mention that she was a personal trainer in her email.   

Fast forward four weeks and Karen has now agreed to lead the warm up for the walkers at the first ever Walk to Cure Diabetes in Central Scotland on 6 October.  She is recruiting walkers from her family, friends and the 24 William Hill shops in her district, Karen works in one of the shops in central Glasgow. The coffee morning, which Sam is hosting is organised for 5 October, the day before the Walk and already has 55 people coming to it on Facebook. Karen and Sam’s JustGiving page for the Walk has already reached £450. 

Karen said:

Sam is a star, an inspiration. As a mum, you worry about your children, but when Sam was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, my worry escalated. However our family’s fear has been turned to faith by Sam and JDRF. Sam is an amazing little boy, coping remarkably with the challenges he faces daily. He can test his blood glucose level, count the carbohydrates in his food and inject his insulin. Go Sam! Sam is looking forward to our fundraising weekend to cure diabetes; he understands the quicker we raise funds for JDRF, the quicker the cure will be found. The Denholm’s are excited and thankful for all the support Sam has received so far.... I would personally like to thank Holly Davies for inviting me to lead the warm up for the Walk and helping me, make this happen. The love, motivation and support from Sam’s dad Steven, his brother Jack an my best friend Hazel has inspired me to take our fundraising to the next level, thank you.

If you would like to join Sam and his family at Sam's Coffee Morning to Cure Diabetes, it starts at 10am on 5 October at St.Andrews Church, Church Street, Blantyre.  There are still place at the Walk to Cure Diabetes Central Scotland and you can register here.


Team Jax recruit 50 runners for Loch Ness 5k and 10k

Michelle Vivers from Inverness has put together 'Team Jax' – a team of nearly 50 runners – to take on the Loch Ness Marathon Festival 5k and 10k to raise funds for JDRF

When Michelle’s son Jaxon was diagnosed on 13 January 2010 with type 1 diabetes, life changed for the whole family. Jaxon was just 22 months old at the time, and the carefree days of family life which were once taken for granted were gone. Since then the family have experienced a rollercoaster of highs and lows, as they have been through blood glucose testing, HbA1c results, multiple daily injections of insulin, ketone testing, carbohydrate counting, hypos and sleepness nights.

However, through knowledge, awareness, care and support, together, Michelle and Jaxon have learnt to deal with type 1 diabetes and how to manage the condition.

Michelle has put together ‘Team Jax’ who are all taking part in the Loch Ness Marathon Festival 5k and 10k on Sunday 29 September 2013.  It is the second year in a row they have entered a team and this year they have chosen to raise money for JDRF to fund life-changing research to find the cure for type 1 diabetes. They hope to smash their previous year’s sponsorship total of £4,000.

Michelle said:

'Through supporting JDRF hopefully together we can help in the search for a cure for my lovely little boy and all the other childre and adults living with type 1 diabetes.'

To donate to Michelle's fundraising visit her JustGiving page, or join Team Jax and take part in the Loch Ness Marathon Festival of Running.