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Regional news and updates

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.

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.

Team of cyclists plan a ride from Durham to Poole

Two friends and a team from Siemens IT/GSS will be cycling 550 miles across England to raise money for JDRF. 

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.

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.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone in the South who is helping us find the cure for type 1 diabetes - we really appreciate your support. Here are some of our latest people to thank:

Harriet McLeod ran her first triathlon, the Crowborough Kids Triathlon, on 15 September and has raised £343 for JDRF. Harriet was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on New Years Eve in 2010, and told us:

'Even though I have type 1 diabetes I know I can achieve anything, which is why I want to raise money for JDRF.  They help fund research which will hopefully lead to a cure for my condition.'

Featured family: the Greens

JDRF South would like to say a huge thank you to the football-mad Green family. Gavin, Charlene and son Ajay are members of Real 60 FC, one of the longest running football clubs in Medway.

Ajay, nine, plays for the under 10s team which his dad Gavin has managed for just under four years. Ajay was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just over a month ago, on 19 July 2012.

Last weekend was the Real 60 FC tournament, which Ajay and two of his friends took part in (pictured). The family managed to raise a fantastic £102 for JDRF, and Ajay got to meet other football fans with type 1 who were competing in the tournament. 

Gavin and his team are looking to organise some more fundraisers through the football club in the future, such as a penalty shoot out with a Gillingham FC player coming down to support.

Thank you to Gavin, Charlene and Ajay Green, and we look forward to seeing more of your fantastic fundraising in the future!

Fantastic fundraisers

The Type 1 Superstars - Katie and Emily Brown and Emma Bailey - organised a Spring Fete (with a little help from their parents) and then recruited a friend, Zack McDowell, to help with a collection at Tescos. They raised over £1,700!

Dorthe and Sheila Thomas have been cooking up a feast for their friends to raise a wonderful £415.

Lauren Proctor and her friend Hannah completed a three legged walk on the Downs Link in Sussex to raise £1,000.

The Surrey 3 Peaks was the perfect challenge for Sara Bridgwood (pictured) and her Jack Russell, Candy. Despite the appalling weather on the day they completed their challenge and raised £376.

Sarah Morgan has been busy dieting to raise funds for JDRF. Her friends have supported her by sponsoring her £345.

Donnington Grove Country Club have been supporting JDRF throughout the year and raised a wonderful £3,700.

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