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Friends embark on monumental £1 million cycle challenge for JDRF

70 friends will cycle 230 miles from London to Paris on 2 May, to raise awareness and money for JDRF.

The three day challenge is in aid of the Wellington £1 million Appeal which was launched in 2010 to raise funds for JDRF and a British Red Cross HIV project in South Africa. Over £850,000 has been raised to date, and the aim is to close the £150,000 gap currently needed to reach the £1 million target.

Organiser and participator in the cycle Oliver Rifkind – whose brother Leo lives with type 1 diabetes, said: “Those that know me well understand that JDRF is a charity that is very close to my family and I. Many people don’t realise that type 1 diabetes is serious and complex. I am proud to be supporting research into one day curing this condition.”

The appeal was launched in 2010, by Charles Rifkind and Keith Hague, the former chief executive of the Wellington Hospital. Together they took 70 cyclists from London to Brussels and raised a significant amount for both JDRF and the British Red Cross.

Since then there have been numerous fundraising efforts include galas, abseils, club nights and golf days contributing to the total. Now four years down the line the appeal has come full circle, with Oliver hoping to close the gap on the remarkable fundraising journey that his family first started.

Louise Ingham, Development Manager at JDRF said: “We are so grateful to Oli, his family and everyone participating in the bike ride for supporting our mission to treat, prevent and eventually cure type 1 diabetes.”

To sponsor Oliver please visit his Virgin Giving page.


Going the extra mile for JDRF

On 15 April 2012, Andy Sier embarked on an epic journey to cycle 640 miles in 10 days, all in support of JDRF.

It was Andy’s first long distance bike ride, and involved cycling an eye-watering 64 miles a day (on average), with a combined climb of approximately 17,000ft.

As well as a test of endurance, the journey was an opportunity for Andy to visit some personally significant places. He planned his route to start in Essex (his birth place), and take him through York (his university city) and across some of his favourite parts of the Lake District.

This was also Andy’s first attempt at raising big funds for charity. With £1,300 raised for JDRF so far, it has been a particularly spectacular effort!

JDRF is a charity close to Andy’s heart. His daughter Anna (pictured) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2, after being mistakenly diagnosed with a urinary infection by several doctors. The family were later told that if Anna’s condition had continued undiagnosed for much longer she would have gone into a coma.

Luckily Anna is now fit and well, and is approaching her ninth birthday. And with fundraising efforts like Andy’s, JDRF can fund more research to help find the cure for type 1.

To read all about Andy’s journey, or donate to his JustGiving page, visit Andy’s blog.


Ford get behind the wheel to support JDRF

Founder of Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford once said ‘Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.’ Ford has supported JDRF globally for a number of years and has supported JDRF’s flagship annual fundraiser, The Walk to Cure Diabetes in both the UK and abroad. Earlier this year, Ford of Britain announced that to mark their centennial year, they aim to raise £100,000 for the charity through dealership activity in 2011.

Ford customers are being invited to donate £1 to JDRF when they visit any of Ford’s large network of dealerships across the UK. To raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and the importance of funding research into type 1 diabetes, Ford has launched a poster marketing campaign featuring a series of young people who are living with the condition.

Since its launch, we are delighted that the campaign has already attracted donations of around £26,000 from dealers who were inspired by the information they received demonstrating the impact that type 1 diabetes can have on a family’s life and JDRF’s mission to find the cure.

Hartwell, a Ford Dealership in Abingdon was among the first to donate to the charity with a shared donation of £3000 towards funding research into type 1 diabetes. Since then, there have been bake sales at Sandcliffe in the Midlands, sky dives by staff at Dagenham Motors and Polar Ford, bike riding and zip sliding at the Heartlands Ford branch and Lindsay Ford in Northern Ireland is taking to the roads in a Charity Cycle to raise money for JDRF. A team of thirteen staff will be cycling around the company’s ten locations and a total of 120 miles will be covered by the Lindsay Ford cyclists.

Greyhound Ford in East Lancashire are marking their fiftieth year in business with a two week celebration and a showroom event. For every car sold they are kindly donating £50 to JDRF. A huge thank you to Ford staff and customers for kicking things off so positively as we head towards the £100,000 total!

If you want to support Ford’s campaign and encourage your local Ford dealership to take part, you can find out more about the partnership here. 


Cycling to cure diabetes

Cycling for the type 1 diabetes cure 

17-year-old Maurice Banerjee-Palmer, whose sister has type 1 diabetes, and his friend Jack are cycling 1,100 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats this August. They are taking on this incredible feat to raise money for JDRF and the Rural Libraries Fund.

Just to make it even more of a challenge, they will be cycling unsupported and camping along the way. They will be covering an impressive average of over 80 miles a day.

The boys are no strangers to long-distance cycling, having completed a 583-mile cycle-camping tour from Bristol to the Peak District, Liverpool and back again last year.

Follow their progress on this amazing challenge at 

To sponsor them, visit their Just Giving page at

Good luck!

Meanwhile, Maurice's 15 year old sister Josna, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged three, is also taking part in the Bristol Walk to Cure Diabetes taking place on 4 September at Oldbury Court Estate.

Click here for more information about the Walk or to register to join Josna.