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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.


Travel executives Christmas lunch raises £10,000 for JDRF

JDRF was delighted to be chosen as the beneficiary charity of the live and silent auctions at the annual Christmas lunch of the Association of Women Travel Executives (AWTE).

The lunch was held last Tuesday at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington and was a glamorous affair where the champagne flowed and entertainment was plentiful.

Amanda Taylor chose to support JDRF when she became chair of the ATWE board. Amanda's nephew Freddie has type 1 diabetes, so the search for the cure is a cause close to her heart. When she was asked to nominate a charity to benefit from the Christmas lunch, Amanda did not hesitate in choosing JDRF.

Pilot and JDRF supporter Douglas Cairns, who has type 1 himself, was the after dinner speaker and wowed the audience with his tales of adventure, from flying to the North Pole to his around the world flight, all to raise awareness of type 1.

The auction prizes included holidays, hotel stays and a flight with Douglas himself and raised nearly £10,000 for JDRF.

Louise Ingham, Development Manager for the South, East and London, said:

‘We are hugely grateful to Amanda and the AWTE for choosing to support JDRF and to everyone who bid in the auction. The money raised at the event will help us get one step closer to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes’.

Image L-R: Douglas Cairns, Amanda Taylor, Louise Ingham


Going, going, gone... Webroster’s charity auction raises over £700 for JDRF

JDRF is delighted to announce that Webroster Ltd has raised over £700 for JDRF in an online auction to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary.

Webroster has provided online workforce management solutions for the past 10 years, including the system issued widely in the care, security and cleaning industries to roster, manage and track staff. The auction celebrated Webroster’s 10th anniversary and ran from 10-24 October 2012. Customers were invited to participate by bidding on the 10 items that were up for auction. All items were donated by Webroster, its staff and suppliers. They ranged in value from home grown chillis to training days, a smartphone and football tickets. All items started the auction at £1 yet the highest bid was £250 for a support and development day with the Webroster team.

JDRF is a charity close to Webroster’s heart. Managing Director Nigel Gittins raised £1,760 for JDRF by cycling from London to Paris in 2010. He said:

'It is great to see so many of our customers getting involved in the auction to raise money for charity, everyone has been very generous and we are delighted to be celebrating our 10th anniversary by helping a worthwhile charity.'

Louise Ingham, JDRF Development Manager for London and South East, said:

'Thank you to all of Webroster’s fantastic staff and customers for their generosity and support for our efforts to find the cure for type 1 diabetes. Congratulations too to Webroster on reaching such an important milestone!'


T1 Youth Ambassadors get into the Olympic spirit

JDRF T1 Youth Ambassadors showed their Olympic spirit at the first ever East of England Paediatric Games last Wednesday. Organised by Kate Wilson and Claire Pesterfield from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, the event was held at the impressive Cambridge University Athletics Ground.

Alongside Team JDRF, over 250 under 16s represented teams from paediatric diabetes clinics across the East region. Activities included the 100m and 200m sprint, welly wanging, dodgeball and the long jump.

A courageous effort was made by Team JDRF, only narrowly missing out on a trophy, despite Ryan Midgeley’s winning turn at the bleep test, a test of endurance where runners compete to keep pace with the ‘bleep’. Highlights included a rain-soaked 400m relay and a photo finish between Rufus, JDRF’s infamous mascot, and Medtronic’s Lenny the Lion in the mascot race.

JDRF Community Relationship Manager, Simon Mitchell, said:

'A fantastic day was had by everyone, despite the unpredictable British weather, and I can’t thank the organisers and competitors enough. It was great to be part of Team JDRF and see our T1 Youth Ambassadors showing that type 1 diabetes does not stop you from being a great athlete. We would like to thank them for flying the flag for JDRF and type 1 and congratulate them for doing so well in the various activities.'

If you are interested in getting involved in sport and other activities visit the JDRF event pages to find your nearest event.


London Awards evening

London Awards evening celebrates fundraising in 2011

On 17 January, over 120 people attended the London Awards evening at the Law Society in London. The evening saw families and companies from across the region receive awards for their dedication to raising money throughout 2011 to support JDRF and our mission to find the cure for type 1 diabetes. Upon arrival guests were treated to a celebratory glass of champagne and canapés, which was followed by the awards presentations.

The event also gave JDRF the opportunity to thank our 2011 sponsors. These included Macquarie Bank, who have continually supported the JDRF Spin to Cure event, and Ford for their sponsorship of our Walk to Cure Diabetes.

JDRF would like to thank everyone who has raised money or raised awareness of type 1 diabetes in 2011. Without your help and support JDRF would not be able to keep funding vital research into curing, treating and ultimately preventing type 1 diabetes.

If you are thinking of holding your own event or would like some help with your event please contact the Greater London team on


World Diabetes Day

St Robert Southwell RC Primary School raises money for World Diabetes Day

On World Diabetes Day, pupils from St Robert Southwell RC Primary School in Slough Lane, Kingsbury paid £1 to wear blue clothes in support of JDRF and raised £300. The school’s fundraising events, which will help support vital type 1 diabetes research, were also reported by the local paper. 

We would like to thank the pupils and staff from St Robert Southwell RC Primary School for raising money for JDRF.


1Quest weekend

JDRF holds its first 1Quest weekend

On Saturday 22 October, eight children with type 1 diabetes arrived at Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest to begin their 1Quest weekend. Travelling from as far as Leeds, the children arrived, eager to begin their weekend full of fun and challenges.

Over the weekend, the children were able to take part in adrenalin filled activities, such as zip wire and high ropes. The activities tested their team building skills and nerve. At the end of the raft building challenge, all the children even jumped into the freezing cold lake!

Throughout their stay at Avon Tyrrell the children were well cared for by PDSN Jennifer Luscombe from the University College of London. JDRF staff and Jennifer ensured the children were regularly tested and, if necessary, treated during the weekend.

Raising money for type 1 diabetes research and developing life skills

In order to join the 1Quest weekend, participants had to raise a minimum of £300. They did this by asking for donations from friends and family, organising bake sales, and even doing a sponsored 10 mile walk. Their fundraising will help JDRF to continue supporting research into type 1 diabetes, but has also provided participants with skills they can use later on in life.

JDRF would like to thank the Monument Trust for their support of 1Quest and providing funding for the event. We would also like to thank all the children who attended the 1Quest weekend and we hope they had as much fun as we did.

If you would like to register you interest for the next 1Quest weekend, please email Hannah Roberts,


RBS bake sale

Bake sale at RBS raises funds for type 1 diabetes research

The Credit Review team from the Royal Bank of Scotland have recently raised an impressive £460 for JDRF. They achieved this by holding a very tasty bake sale that had rice crispy, corn flake, and butterfly cakes on the menu. They also held a raffle and carried out a sponsored silence, with one member of the team managing to stay silent for an amazing eight hours.

JDRF would like to thank the Credit Review team for their support of JDRF and the type 1 diabetes research we fund. Our only disappointment is that we missed out on their delicious bake sale!