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Leeds Spinners raise over £2,500

Leeds office workers donned their cycling shorts to raise over £2,500 for JDRF in the Spin to Cure Diabetes on Thursday 28 June. JDRF was thrilled that so many workers took on the challenge and spent their lunch hour spinning to raise awareness and vital funds to support type 1 diabetes research.

Five teams of five pushed their bodies to the limit over eight-minute interval sprints on static Watt bikes at Wellington Place, Leeds. Teams included staff from Leeds-based KPMG, Eversheds, Addleshaw Goddard, RG Group and Pure Gym.

The fastest team was Eversheds who achieved a distance of 26,458 metres in 40 minutes. Steve Simkins from KPMG was crowned the ‘King of Spin’, covering 5,677 metres and Lenka Benesova from Pure Gym was crowned the ‘Queen of Spin’ with a distance of 5,056 metres (both pictured left).

Macquarie Group worked with JDRF to host the fourth series of bike-a-thons in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds, with Nuffield Heath supporting the event as Fitness Partner. Bikes were provided by TEAMcycles.

Chris Normington, JDRF’s Development Manager for the North, said: 'There was a fantastic atmosphere at the event, with participants cycling hard, the crowd roaring their encouragement and teams cheering each other on to get the best time of the day. We believe the Leeds event will have raised more than £2500, so this is a marvellous achievement and well done to all involved.'

David Fass, CEO of Macquarie Group EMEA, said: 'Macquarie is proud to be a key supporter of JDRF in the UK and we were delighted with everyone’s efforts and would like to say a huge thank you for taking part. Events like this really help JDRF raise the profile of type 1 and we will continue to assist JDRF in its important work for people with type 1 diabetes and their families.'

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JDRF selected as The PGA’s associate charity of the year

JDRF is delighted to announce that it has been selected by The Professional Golfers’ Association (The PGA) South as their associate charity of the year for 2012.

JDRF and The PGA will be working together to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes, as well as encouraging members of The PGA to get involved with JDRF by taking on an exciting challenge or donating money. All funds raised will go towards supporting JDRF’s ground-breaking research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

Sam Smith, Secretary of The PGA South, said: “Our members are a fantastic international mix and JDRF is the perfect charitable partner for us with its international reach, yet local focus. It is perfectly aligned with our own approach to business and serving the golfing community. We look forward to raising awareness of type 1 diabetes and raising funds for JDRF to benefit all those living with this pernicious condition”.

The partnership kicked off on 18 May 2012 with the PGA’s first event of the season, The PGA Woosnam-Faldo Challenge Pro-Am. With more events due to be announced over the coming months, a particular highlight of the season will be the JDRF Pro-Am golf tournament. Taking place on 13 September 2012 at the beautiful Stoke Park, teams of amateur golfers will be joined on the course by top golf professionals from the UK and further afield for an unforgettable day's golf. The PGA has also donated a variety of exciting golfing and non-golfing opportunities to JDRF for auction prizes.

The partnership is backed by Robert Coles (pictured), a PGA Member and European Tour Professional: “I know what it's like to have type 1 diabetes - I have lived with it since I was diagnosed in 1998. As a professional golfer when I play the course I also play my type 1, but with type 1 I never get a rest day. That is why I am so delighted to ask you to join me in supporting JDRF along with The PGA in finding the cure for type 1 diabetes.” 

Click here to find out more about The PGA and JDRF partnership, and to find out about upcoming events.


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.


Team take on Three Peaks for type 1

On 27 May 2012, ten friends will be taking on the Three Peaks Yorkshire Dales challenge to raise awareness of type1 diabetes and fundraise for JDRF.

The idea came from Ruth Robinson, whose daughter Amy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in November 2010. A few months after the diagnosis, Ruth spotted an article in the local newspaper about Hayley Hurdle, a woman with type 1 diabetes who ran the London Marathon.

'Before I saw the article, everything I had read about type 1 diabetes seemed very negative’ Ruth told us. ‘I immediately sponsored Hayley, and she contacted me to arrange a visit. Since then she has been a close family friend, and has helped us immensely with coming to terms with the condition, as well as offering practical advice’.

Hayley will be joining Ruth, along with eight other friends, to walk the Three Peaks and raise funds for JDRF. The walk will cover an epic 23 miles, and involve tackling the three highest peaks in Yorkshire. The team hope to complete the walk in under 12 hours, but will be taking their head torches just in case!

To date they have raised over £1,300, and are overwhelmed by the support of friends and family who have sponsored them.

If you would like to help Ruth raise even more money for JDRF, visit her JustGiving page to make a donation.

Pictured (left to right): Maxine, Angie, Tanya, Mary, Gillian, Caroline, Julie, Lynn and Hayley


ADDRESS-2 study appeals to people newly diagnosed with type 1

ADDRESS-2, a new project launched today is inviting people who are newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes and their siblings to get involved with research studies in order to help researchers to understand the way the condition works.

Jointly funded by JDRF and Diabetes UK and supported by the NIHR Diabetes Research Network, ADDRESS-2 is a project to establish a group of people aged 5-60 who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes within the previous 26 weeks who would be happy to participate in research.

Participants will be interviewed to collect demographics, information about their health and the health of their family. They will be asked to give a blood sample if they wish, for auto-antibody analysis, blood sample storage, DNA extraction and storage and be willing to be contacted by their local project team about future type 1 diabetes research studies.

The project will then create a national database of people who can be approached about taking part in type 1 diabetes trials or other clinical research studies. Researchers will also be able to access the information, blood samples and DNA repository which is important for their studies.

How can I get involved?
People newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes will be approached in their hospital diabetes clinic, given information about the project, and asked to participate. Contact with siblings will be made via liaison with the newly diagnosed participants, or where appropriate, their parents. Diabetologists and paediatricians have agreed to help find participants in 75 hospital diabetes clinics across England and Wales. If you are interested in finding out more about how to get involved you can visit