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JDRF announced as main charity partner for Great Scottish Events

JDRF is delighted to have been announced as the main charity partner for Great Scottish Events this summer.

The event takes place on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Holyrood Park, and allows JDRF supporters to have exclusive FREE ENTRY to any of the events on the day by pledging to raise a minimum of £50 for JDRF. Join the JDRF team today by registering here.

The events on the day include a fantastic mixture of runs and walks for all ages and abilities.  These include:

  • Great Scottish Summer Runs 5k & 10k – Start time 9.30am
  • The Great Scottish Walk 20k – Start time 10.00am
  • The Great Scottish Walk 10k – Start time 11am
  • The Golden Mile Walk – Start time 11.30am (Walk or stroll one, two, or three miles – you choose the distance)
  • The Great Scottish Toddle – Start time 1pm (For children under six years of age with infants in buggies also welcome)

This promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family with plenty of food and entertainment available on the day – why not grab the picnic blanket and the whole family and have a day out with activities available for kids of any age, teenagers, parents and grandparents to get involved in.

It really doesn’t matter what level of ability you have, there’s an activity for beginners up to advanced runners and walkers. To make it all worthwhile, you’re not only raising money for JDRF but you’ll also get a medal and a goody bag when you cross the finish lines.

To take part and secure one of JDRF’s free entry places click here to register for the event and pledge to raise a minimum of £50 sponsorship to help support type 1 diabetes research.

Once you have registered for the event we will be in touch and will provide you with a JDRF fundraising pack to help you raise as much money to help us find the cure for type 1 diabetes.

For more information about the event get in touch with Catriona Morrice, Senior Fundraiser at or on 07908 155481.


JDRF supporters' variety of activities raises over £9K

In recent months two supporters from Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway – Noreen Boyes and Kerry Grierson – have collected over £9K for JDRF.

Noreen’s son, Isaac, and Kerry’s daughter, Chloe, both have type 1. Noreen got in touch with JDRF as she had decided to run the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money. Noreen and Kerry then came together and decided to raise as much as they could for JDRF.

They involved as many of their friends and family as possible in their fundraising, so while Noreen got training for her marathon, Kerry roped in a friend to do a sponsored slim with her. Noreen’s niece did a guess the sex and weight of her baby contest. Their friend Joe decided to go for two months without drinking a drop of alcohol. Kerry’s sister-in-law’s dad, Chris, decided to do a chest wax. Kerry and Noreen then organised a coffee morning and a bingo night which combined raised over £2,400.

In the end they raised an amazing £9263.11 in total. A big thank you to them and to everyone who fundraised with them and supported them at their fantastic events.


HR award evening raises a wonderful £6,000 to support type 1 diabetes medical research

Guests at the annual cHeRries Awards, which recognises and rewards excellence in HR, Training and Recruitment in the North East of Scotland, helped raise the funds to support JDRF Scotland.

Karen Reid, Director of the event’s organisers, Aberdeen HR, Training & Recruitment consultancy Urquhart Partnership (UP), was motivated to raise the impressive sum at the awards after a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six.

Karen heard about JDRF from friend and former UP employee Lucy Williams from Westhill, whose daughter Caitlin has type 1 diabetes.

Karen said: “I learned from Lucy about the affect a type 1 diabetes diagnosis can have on a whole family. Those with the condition must take insulin every day via multiple injections or a pump. It is a demanding condition to live with."

 “JDRF is a wonderful charity which has a mission to better treat, prevent and one day cure type 1 diabetes, by supporting the best worldwide medical research into the condition. That’s why we were so delighted to raise such a lovely amount of money from the cHeRries Awards.”

Catriona Morrice of JDRF said: “We would like to express our warm thanks to The cHeRries Awards for this generous donation.”


Aberdeen Circus Ball raises £105,000 for JDRF

Aberdeen maintained its impressive fundraising record on 22 March when the ninth JDRF Gala Ball in Aberdeen, held at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa, raised £105,000 on the night.

The evening was circus themed, and guests were welcomed and entertained throughout the evening by fire jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon modellers, showgirls and dancing from the Scott School of Dancing.

After the drinks reception, guests moved up to the ballroom where their host, radio and television personality Grant Stott, welcomed them. The ballroom, decked out in the style of a big top tent in red and white, looked stunning. Attendees heard from Michelle Vivers, whose son Jaxon was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 22 months old. Michelle spoke movingly about the impact that type 1 has on Jaxon. The raffle was drawn and then we were underway with the live auction.

Dr Tim Tree, Senior Lecturer at King’s College, London also spoke. Dr Tree gave a fascinating speech on his work to reset the immune system. He and his team are working to stop the immune system destroying beta cells that are still being produced in bodies of those with type 1 diabetes. This would also allow beta cell transplants to take place and be a cure for those with type 1. Lot 13 was then auctioned, with guests pledging donations towards this research project.

By the end of the night a staggering £105,000 had been raised. Thank you so much to all of you who attended, donated and volunteered and to our very generous corporate sponsors.

Catriona Morrice, Regional Fundraiser for JDRF Scotland, said:

‘JDRF Scotland would like to thank everyone who attended the Circus Ball, kindly donated prizes and volunteered their time on the evening. Together with the hard work of the ball committee in organising the event, everyone helped to make the evening such a fantastic success. A huge thank you to our corporate sponsors whose support and generosity was invaluable on the night. We really would not have been able to achieve any of this without everyone’s support.’

We look forward to seeing you at the Aberdeen Ball in 2015!

Tickets are still available for the Circus Ball in Edinburgh on 7 June 2014. Click here to find out more and purchase tickets »

This is an edited version of an article that appears in the next issue of JDRF's magazine, Type 1 Discovery. To sign up for a year's free subscription, click here »

You can few photos from the evening in the Flickr album below


JDRF would like to thank the following sponsors for their kind support:

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Theme Sponsor

Drinks Reception Sponsor

Media Partner

Table Gifts

John Thompson

Bidding System

Taylor's Auctioneers Montrose

Table Decorations

Eden Creative Florists


Father and son cycle 47 miles to help find the cure

Andrew, from Carluke, South Lanarkshire was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in December 2011 aged 10.  Andrew was a keen cyclist and swimmer attending swimming and cycling club several times a week. Rather than giving up these sports that he loved on being diagnosed, he has now taken them to another level and has since joined a local triathlon club and is now also a very active member of Lanark Triathlon Club.

Andrew decided with his dad David that he wanted to cycle the 47 miles from Glasgow Green to Edinburgh Murrayfield for Pedal for Scotland while raising money for JDRF to help find the cure for type 1 diabetes. On 8 September Andrew and David set off for the long ride, Rufus the bear kept Andrew company on his bike. They completed the ride, and managed to still smile for this photo.

Andrew said:

I wanted to raise money for JDRF to find the cure for my type 1 diabetes and to tell other children that you can still do stuff that you think you can't. The cycling was hard but at the same time lots of fun when I was passing other people.

Andrew decided that they would try to raise £470 for JDRF by doing the ride, he hoped to be able to raise £10 for each of the 47 miles he was cycling. The total raised at the time of writing is £2,015, over four times more than the original target they set themselves. This is such a fantastic achievement, a big thank you from all at JDRF to Andrew and David.  

You can still support Andrew and David’s fundraising here:

And if this 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.


Are you the type to help someone with type 1 diabetes?

How far will the people of Glasgow go to help a guy with type 1 diabetes?

JDRF has welcomed the launch of a short funny film that has been made by supporters for the charity’s benefit.

The clip features a man stealing drinks and snacks to raise his low blood glucose – while managing to avoid getting punched. This film was kindly paid for by ASCO Group, and produced and created by The Leith Agency, to persuade people to support JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes events.

The Walks take place across the country in September and October.

If you want to show your support, share the video with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter (#jdrfwalktocure). And if you've been inspired, sign up now to your nearest Walk, and show that it’s not just Glaswegians who’ll help someone with type 1 diabetes.

Find your nearest Walk here.


Walk to Cure Diabetes in Shetland raises over £14,000

An unforgettable JDRF weekend in Shetland raises over £14,000 for JDRF

Volunteer Sandra Summers and her fantastic fundraising committee organised a JDRF weekend in Shetland. This included an exciting type 1 Discovery Day at Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick on Saturday 1 June and a superb Walk to Cure Diabetes held at Gilbertson Games Hall in Gilbertson Park on Sunday 2 June. In total the Walk to Cure Diabetes raised over £14,000 for JDRF.

Sandra was inspired to raise vital funds for JDRF because her niece, seven-year-old Jess, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 22 months in 2008.  Sandra came along to the Walk to Cure Diabetes Scotland in Aberdeen and it was from this that she decided to raise awareness of type 1 in Shetland.  It was her mission to find other newly diagnosed families to create a fundraising committee that all shared one strong goal – to find the cure for type 1 diabetes.   

At the Type 1 Discovery Day, Simon Mitchell – JDRF's Diabetes Community Relationship Manager – highlighted the exciting research which JDRF is currently funding and explained what JDRF are doing to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. The guests on the day also heard from Catriona Morrice, Scotland Regional Fundraiser (JDRF), about how JDRF can support you in raising as much sponsorship money as possible when fundraising.

The Walk to Cure Diabetes Shetland was very kindly sponsored by Seletar, part of ASCO Group Ltd, and had 260 walkers on the day. The children and adults with type 1 who attended the Walk found it extremely inspiring to see that so many people wanted to take steps to bring us closer to the cure.

Event organiser Sandra Summers said:

 'We enjoy organising the Walk and are pleased to have a growing committee and an increasing number of participants. We couldn’t do this without the support of JDRF.'

 Catriona Morrice, JDRF Regional Fundraiser (Scotland), said:

'A huge thank you to Sandra Summers, Lynn Fraser, Yvonne Reynolds, Nicola Baxter, Mandy Nicols, Sylvia Taylor, Val Williamson and all their helpers for the time they gave up to organise the JDRF weekend in Shetland.  They are truly an inspiring group of individuals and the money raised from the Walk will help us get one step closer to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.'

JDRF has Walk to Cure Diabetes events taking place in Cambridgeshire, Aberdeen, Manchester, Staffordshire, London, Falkirk, Bristol, Southampton and Cardiff up until October. Get a team together and register now to join millions of others around the globe to take steps to bring us closer to the cure.


Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay meets with leading type 1 diabetes researchers

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay (the Scottish title for The Duchess of Cornwall) met world-leading researchers today at a Dundee Hospital pushing back the boundaries of knowledge on type 1 diabetes

The Duchess of Rothesay visited the Clinical Research Centre at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, as President of JDRF. The centre, a collaboration between NHS Tayside and the University of Dundee, enables patients to benefit from cutting-edge clinical research.

It specialises in research into type 1 diabetes, which affects more than 28,000 people in Scotland, including over 2,800 children. The Duchess of Rothesay’s visit coincided with Diabetes Week 2013. 

The event saw Her Royal Highness speak to Professor Rory McCrimmon, Clinical Reader for Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Medicine, and his team including Dr Priya George, on their research into hypoglycaemia.

Hypoglycaemia occurs when the blood glucose levels of someone living with type 1 diabetes fall too low. This is commonly known as ‘having a hypo.’ Symptoms can include dizziness, nausea, and blurred vision. Without proper treatment, this can cause unconsciousness, and even death in very rare cases. 

But some people living with type 1 diabetes have hypoglycaemia unawareness, meaning they have few or no symptoms when experiencing a hypo, increasing the risk of serious consequences. Professor McCrimmon’s team is investigating treatments that could help restore hypoglycaemia awareness. JDRF is providing approximately £1.2million of funding for this particular programme of research alone.

Her Royal Highness met 11-year-old Darcey McDonald, a Robert Gordon’s College pupil from Inverurie, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged three. The Duchess of Rothesay also spoke with families about their hypoglycaemia experiences and how their day-to-day lives are affected by type 1 diabetes.

Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF said:

'We are honoured to have The Duchess of Rothesay visit a JDRF-funded research project. We are deeply grateful for her ongoing support as President of JDRF. Her presence provided a fantastic opportunity to showcase the vital research that Professor McCrimmon and his team do in Dundee.'

Professor McCrimmon, who has been actively engaged in type 1 diabetes research for nearly 20 years, said:

'My hope is that through increasing our understanding of why hypoglycaemia unawareness develops, we will be able to develop strategies to treat or prevent it in future. We have made good progress and we are grateful to JDRF for its support.'


Type 1 hero tackles world's toughest race

Father-of-three Roddy Riddle, from Inverness, is to become the first ever person with type 1 diabetes to take part in the gruelling six-day, 156 mile Marathon Des Sables challenge in the Sahara.

Roddy, a former international road cyclist, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes five years ago and wanted to compete in the toughest race in the world to show that type 1 doesn’t have to be something which holds you back. Roddy hopes to show others with the condition, who can lose confidence when it comes to exercise, that they can live normal active lives. At the same time he wants to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and raise vital funds for JDRF and Diabetes UK.

Roddy said:

“The commitment and dedication that comes from the people at JDRF is unbelievable. What makes the connection even closer is many of the people at JDRF live with type 1 themselves.”

The Inverness iron man will begin the Marathon Des Sables challenge on 7 April and will finish on 13 April. The race takes place across one of the harshest regions on earth – the Sahara desert, which reaches temperatures of up to 50°C. The race is the equivalent of running six marathons in six days. It will be essential for Roddy to ensure his blood glucose levels don’t slip dangerously low or too high. To assist him with this he will run with an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor (CGM).

Roddy kick-started his fundraising for JDRF and Diabetes UK with an auction dinner and dance on Saturday 2 February. It raised an amazing £17,765 which was split between both charities. Two of the top prizes on the evening were Marathon Des Sables replica tops signed by Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Sir Steve Redgrave – three British Olympians!

On the night a supportive video was played featuring Caroline Hellicar, JDRF's Director of Fundraising – scroll down to watch the video.

On his return, Roddy will be at the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, sharing his experiences. Joining Roddy in conversation will be Moray Firth Radio presenter and newspaper columnist Nicky Marr. Expect tales of scorpions and bivouacs, sand storms and insulin pumps. Tickets are £15 with all proceeds going to JDRF and Diabetes UK – find out more about the event and buy tickets

JDRF wishes Roddy the best of luck with his incredible challenge, we will be thinking of him every day of the race. 
You can support Roddy in the toughest race on earth by sponsoring him »

Watch JDRF Director of Fundraising Caroline Hellicar's message of support for Roddy



Aberdeen Shanghai Ball raises £136,000 for JDRF

On 23 March at 6.30pm, over 280 guests arrived at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa for the eighth JDRF Gala Ball in Aberdeen. Eight hours later the last guests were leaving, with an incredible £136,000 raised for JDRF.

The ball had a Shanghai theme, starting with a drinks reception with Shanghai Sling cocktails. Guests then entered the stunning ballroom, decked out in gold and red with Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling, where they were welcomed by host Dougie Donnelly. 11 year old Rachael Pyper then gave a moving speech about how she has coped with life with type 1 since being diagnosed at the age of 10.

A fortune cookie table game was followed by a delicious Chinese-inspired dinner. The star raffle prizes, including a Kindle Fire HD, £200 M&S vouchers and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, were drawn and then the live auction was underway.  For Lot 13, Professor John Petrie spoke about the vital research he is doing around heart disease and type 1 diabetes at the University of Glasgow, before inviting guests to pledge their support to his research project. 

By the end of the night last year’s total of £112,000 was smashed, with the final figure reaching £136,000. This money will help JDRF to fund vital research to find the cure for type 1 diabetes.

Catriona Morrice, Regional Fundraiser for JDRF Scotland, said:

‘JDRF Scotland would like to thank everyone who attended the Shanghai Ball, kindly donated prizes and volunteered their time on the evening. Together with the hard work of the ball committee in organising the event, everyone helped to make the evening such a great success. A huge thank you to our corporate sponsors whose support and generosity was invaluable on the night. We really would not have been able to achieve any of this without everyone’s support.’

We look forward to seeing you at the Aberdeen Gala Ball in 2014!

Tickets are still available for the Shanghai Ball in Edinburgh on 8 June 2013. Find out more and purchase tickets »


JDRF would like to thank the following sponsors for their kind support:

Gold sponsor

Theme sponsor

Drinks reception sponsor

Entertainment sponsor

Ladies goody bag sponsors


A night to remember: the enchanting Shanghai Ball

Guests are to be treated to a magical Chinese-style ball staged in Aberdeen to raise funds for JDRF. The Fifth Business is for the fourth year running sponsoring JDRF’s Shanghai Ball on Saturday 23 March. 

The 2013 ball will be held at the Marcliffe Hotel & Spa in Pitfodels, Aberdeen. Scottish golf broadcaster and compere, Dougie Donnelly, will be there to encourage the guests to give generously. 

Those attending will be treated to an evening of dining and live music with both a live and silent auction. They will get the opportunity to learn more about the research that JDRF supports, while enjoying the exciting Chinese theme.

Last year’s ball raised an incredible £112,000 and the JDRF team hopes to trump that figure this year. The funds raised will support research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes - which affects more than 28,500 people in Scotland alone. Male Scots are more likely to have the condition than females, with 56 per cent of those living with the condition in Scotland being men and boys.

The Fifth Business, which is excited to be part of the occasion, is a long-term JDRF supporter. The company provides JDRF with graphic design, offers support at major events, and has continuously fundraised on its behalf down the years.

Enda Logan is Chief Executive of The Fifth Business and a member of the Scottish Development Group – a collective of leading professionals within Scottish industry that aims to support local charities such as JDRF in Scotland. He said:

'This is sure to be a night to remember and another great opportunity to support a very important cause. The Fifth Business will continue to support JDRF in all its future activities. We wish the team the best of luck.'

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

'As always we are entirely grateful to The Fifth Business for their help for the event but also for their support across the years. Without the support of local businesses and supporters, we wouldn’t be able to fund the research to help find the cure. Thanks to everyone who has made this possible and here’s to a great night – please remember to dig deep.'

Edinburgh will also play host to a JDRF Shanghai Ball on 8 June 2013. Click here to find out more.


Dancing to help find the cure for type 1 diabetes

On 8 March 2013, to coincide with International Women’s Day, Cathy Ferris from Aberdeen will be leading a dance jam as part of Global Nia 2013.  Nia is an exhilarating dance workout and Cathy’s class, in aid of JDRF, will take part alongside 42 classes in 18 different countries across the world. 

JDRF is committed to finding the cure for type 1 diabetes, improving the lives of people with type 1 until this happens.

Cathy chose JDRF as her beneficial charity, as close friend Mike Unger and Mike’s daughter Grace (pictured), nine, both have type 1 diabetes. Mike has been living with the condition for the past 31 years and Grace was diagnosed aged three years old.

Cathy said:

'I’m thrilled to bring Nia to Aberdeen.  Nia brings me so much joy, and now I have the honour of sharing it with my community, while benefiting JDRF.  I’m hoping to raise £450 and I would encourage people to come to the class or donate online to help JDRF one day find the cure for type 1 diabetes.'

The money raised will help to support vital research into finding the cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. The chronic condition can strike suddenly and without warning. 

Get involved

The Nia class will be on Friday 8 March 2013, 10 - 11.15am at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen. Click here to find out more about the event »

If you would like to sponsor Cathy please visit


JDRF welcomes improved access to Lucentis in Scotland

Today the Scottish Medicines Consortium approved Lucentis® (ranibizumab), the first medicine licensed to treat visual impairment due to Diabetic Macular Oedema, for restricted use within NHS Scotland.

This decision puts Scotland ahead of the rest of the UK in granting access to Lucentis. The makers of the drug, Novartis, estimate that the decision means that approximately 4000 people living with Diabetic Macular Oedema in Scotland will now be eligible to benefit from the treatment.

Novartis has worked with the Scottish Medicines Consortium to put in place a Patient Access scheme that helps to ensure the new treatment meets cost effectiveness criteria set by NHS Scotland.

Rachel Connor, Head of Research Communication at JDRF comments:

‘JDRF is delighted that the Patient Access Scheme for Lucentis means that people living with Diabetic Macular Oedema in Scotland may now be eligible to access to this innovative treatment. Lucentis is a new tool, which JDRF helped to develop, for clinicians working with people with diabetes.  It has the potential to not only prevent further vision loss, but also repair some of the damage that has already occurred.’


JDRF's ultimate fundraiser climbs his way to £120,000

Neil McDonald is a firm candidate for JDRF’s ultimate fundraiser, after raising £120,000 through his Climbing for a Cure campaign. Neil has taken part in a series of exhibitions for JDRF, and scaled Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak at 8,848 metres, this May.

The Aberdeen-based dad started to raise funds for JDRF after his 10-year-old daughter, Darcey (pictured with Neil), was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of three. His wife Linzie has also tirelessly fundraised for the cure, organising the Climbing for a Cure Bond Ball in September 2011, which raised an amazing £80,000 for JDRF.

In preparation for the Everest climb, Neil and his climbing partner, Radek Dusatko, scaled some of the world’s highest mountains. To qualify for the Everest climb they had to climb Aconcagua (the highest mountain in South America), which is 7,000 metres and took nearly three weeks. To qualify for this the pair had climbed Mont Blanc, and at the start of the campaign Neil climbed Ben Nevis to train. The whole process took two and a half years, with Neil training five days a week, every week.  

Neil was on Everest itself for two months, in between Everest Base Camp and the higher camps. As well as the extreme physical challenges of altitude sickness and hydration, the expedition was mentally taxing. Neil helped rescue one stranded climber, for which he was nominated for the title of Sunday Mail Great Scot of 2012.

Neil said:

‘The thought of Darcey sustained me. The pain was nothing compared to the difficulties my little girl has had to go through with type 1, living with injections of insulin and pinprick blood testing daily just to keep her alive. I knew that I could simply turn around and go back down but Darcey doesn’t have that choice. She has to deal with her situation every day forever until we get a cure.’

The training and exhibition were completely funded by Neil, which meant that all the money received through sponsorship and donations will go directly to supporting JDRF’s work.

Neil’s sponsor, Fifth Business, have put together a video about Neil’s Climbing for a Cure campaign.


Supporting JDRF every step of the way

Success of the Walk to Cure Diabetes Scotland event yesterday

Approximately 1,000 people came along to the Walk to Cure Diabetes in Scotland yesterday and JDRF would like to say a big thank you to all participants and supporters.

Unfortunately, the rain came down around lunchtime, but this didn’t deter our determined  supporters, and we would like to thank each and every one of you for your participation in the 10th annual Scotland Walk.

We would like to say a special thank you to the Morris family from Aberdeen, who took part along with over 170 relatives and friends.

 Both mother Lauren, and daughter Amy have been diagnosed with type 1, and ‘Team Amy’ were out in force, helping to raise awareness for type 1 and vital funds for JDRF.

We would also like to say a big thank you to Leo Koot and the staff at Taqa Bratani, for their wonderful support and fantastic fundraising efforts.   

We will have photos and more information soon, and are looking forward to the the Walk to Cure Midlands on the 30 September, South on the 30 September and London on the 7 October. 

Don't just talk the talk, Walk the Walk. Join JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes and help us take one step closer to the cure! Visit to register. We'd love to see you at one of these events.


£1.5m insulin pump boost revealed in Scotland

JDRF welcomes the news that there is to be a £1.5 million boost in Scotland to provide more young people with insulin pumps. This is exciting news for young people with type 1 in Scotland. The funding will ensure more people have access to life-changing equipment such as insulin pumps, which can help people with type 1 to manage their condition effectively.

Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said the investment would help to ensure that a pledge to make insulin pumps available to 480 children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes is met by the end of March next year.

David Newman, Head of Public Affairs at JDRF said: “JDRF commends Scotland on leading the way on providing better access to insulin pumps. It is crucial that England and other regions follow suit. It is vital that people with type 1 can manage their condition and look after their health, whilst we search for the cure.

We are passionate about raising awareness of type 1 and are looking forward to hosting our first ever lobbying event, Type 1 Parliament. On 25 April we will push for greater investment into type 1 diabetes medical research.” 


Climbing for a cure: Neil McDonald to take on Mount Everest for JDRF

Neil McDonald, 42 from Aberdeen, is to climb Mount Everest and raise over £100,000 for JDRF.

Neil’s epic challenge is inspired by his daughter Darcey, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago. Motivated by how bravely Darcey coped with her condition and having seen the daily test type 1 diabetes placed upon his daughter and family, Neil decided he wanted to match this with an act of equal challenge, while also generating serious funds for JDRF.

Placing fundraising at the heart of his climb, Neil set an ambitious target of raising £100,000, with every penny of donations received going to JDRF. His wife, Linzie, has been spear-heading the fund-raising efforts and put on a highly successful James Bond themed ball which generated £83,000 in a single night.

In addition to fundraising, Neil has been training hard for the challenge, including summiting Europe’s highest peak Mont Blonc and Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America. Neil has spent every available moment training and getting his body and mind fit for the challenge.

Linzie says: “This is important for Neil and for Darcey – for all of us. It has galvanised our family and made us all feel a little less helpless, a little less intimidated by type 1 and a lot closer together in achieving this goal.”

Neil, Linzie and Darcey have also featured in an STV News piece, documenting Neil’s momentous challenge and Darcey’s condition. This can be viewed here

To date, over £108,000 has been raised to support research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. We are incredibly grateful to Neil and Linzie and all those who have donated funds to the McDonalds. All funds received allow us to support more research and take us a step closer to finding the cure. If you wish to donate to the McDonald’s fundraising effort visit

We wish Neil the best of luck for his epic challenge, and Neil’s blog and more details can be found here:


Improved access to insulin pumps in Scotland

JDRF welcomes the news that all eligible under eighteens with type 1 diabetes in Scotland will now have access to insulin pumps. The Scottish Government has said it is committing funding of at least £1 million to help NHS Boards deliver pumps to under eighteens who need them, as well as tripling the amount of pumps available to all people with the condition in Scotland.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement saying, ‘Insulin pumps mean freedom from having multiple insulin jabs a day - giving Scotland's youngest diabetics a normal childhood. By the end of March 2013, this treatment will be made available to the 480 children and teens struggling with type 1 diabetes who could benefit from it. Over the next three years, NHS Boards will also increase the number of insulin pumps available to all Scots to 2,000, tripling the current amount.

‘Diabetes is a growing problem for Scotland - around 10 per cent per cent of overall hospital expenditure relates to diabetes treatment and complications. Not dealing effectively with diabetes can cause long term health problems and we need to make sure that the youngest people with type 1 diabetes get the best possible treatment as early as possible.’

Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF said: ‘This is good news for young people with type 1 in Scotland. Insulin pump therapy can help people manage their condition more effectively and reduce the risk of the devastating long term complications of type 1.

JDRF is focused on improving lives, until we find the cure, and we have been campaigning for some time for improved access to pumps. We are delighted that Scotland is taking the lead in providing excellent treatment for people with type 1 and we hope to see similar improvements across the rest of the UK in the future.’


Insulin pumps in Scotland

Access to insulin pumps improves in Scotland

JDRF is delighted that the government in Scotland has recognised the need for the greater uptake of insulin pumps. We feel it’s vital that people with type 1 diabetes have access to the medicines and equipment that help them to stay healthy and manage their condition effectively whilst we search for the cure.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said, ‘The pumps can mean freedom from having multiple injections a day, and, for the youngest diabetics, can go some way to giving them back a normal childhood. I want to see insulin pumps made available to 25 per cent of children and teens with type 1 diabetes by 2013. We will also increase the number of pumps available to all Scots to over 2,000 - almost tripling the current amount over the next three years. 

‘Diabetes is a growing problem for NHS Scotland. It’s now thought that around 10 per cent per cent of overall hospital expenditure relates to the treatment of diabetes and its complications.

‘The consequences of not dealing effectively with diabetes can cause long term health problems and we need to make sure that the youngest people with type 1 diabetes get the treatment that’s right for them as early as possible.’

These plans were announced as part of the Diabetes Action Plan, which was published in August of this year. You can read the full report here.

JDRF works hard to raise awareness of the issues people with type 1 diabetes face and to ensure they have access to the best treatments and equipment to manage their condition. You can read about the campaigning work we do in more detail here.


Type 1 fundraiser nominated for award

Type 1 diabetes fundraiser nominated for Champion Award

Well done to Neil McDonald for his nomination in this year's Evening Express Aberdeen's Champion Awards. We are delighted that the tremendous effort he has put into his ‘Climb for a Cure’ campaign has been recognised in the charity section. So far the campaign has raised £106,000 in aid of JDRF and the type 1 diabetes research we fund. Good luck Neil!

Please support Neil and vote for him by calling 0901 736 2734 and voting for 017 or texting EE Champion 017 to 83070. See local press for text charges. Lines close midnight on Sunday 23rd October.