JDRF are delighted to report that our inaugural mass lobbying event, Type 1 Parliament, was extremely well received by all at Westminster. Over 50 MPs attended our morning event in Parliament and talked to supporters and delegates about the realities of living with type 1 diabetes. JDRF delegates put their messages across incredibly effectively and articulately, and communicated passionately the facts of type 1 diabetes.
MPs commented on the day and have been in touch with JDRF, stating how much they enjoyed the event and meeting with delegates. They have told us they were overwhelmed by all the children and adults they met with and thought they were fantastic ambassadors for the charity. There was a real buzz around the event and we truly succeeded in educating politicians about type 1 diabetes and raising type 1 diabetes up the political agenda.
JDRF will be working hard to build upon the momentum of this day and to continue to effectively work with these MPs in the future. We will be in later next week, with details of our next steps forward and how you can help us to take these relationships forward.
The media have also been keen to pick up on the event, with well over 350 pieces of national, local and online media mentioning JDRF and type 1 diabetes. Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF, was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 programme You and Yours talking about type 1 diabetes.
Our afternoon Question Time event was also a brilliantly received, with many thought-provoking and passionate questions receiving interesting and evocative responses from our panellists. In particular, it was a great opportunity for the Rt Hon. David Willets, the Minister responsible for Universities and Science, to hear the direct case for greater investment into type 1 research.
JDRF extends our thanks to all involved in Type 1 Parliament for making it such a worthwhile, enjoyable and productive day. We will now continue to work hard and build upon the success of the event.
You can view photos from the day on our Flickr account: www.flickr.com/jdrfuk