Earlier this year two fundraising families from Cardiff went all out for us, organising the Mumbai Ball and seeing JDRF become charity of the year for the Carten100 group. We are delighted to announce that today we received a cheque for £85,293.98. This will go towards vital research, including projects at Cardiff University, in order to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
The Ridgwell and Burch families presented the cheque earlier this morning at the Sports Council of Wales, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. It was the enthusiastic fundraising efforts of both families that made the final figure raised reach such a staggering amount, and JDRF was delighted to be able to thank both families at the cheque presentation.
Both families know first-hand the importance of finding the cure, as the Ridgwell’s daughter Katie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago when she was nine years old. Lis Burch’s two children also live with the condition. Her daughter Ismay was diagnosed in 2006 aged eight years old, along with her brother Marcus, 17, who has been living with the condition for the past nine years.
Lloyd Ridgwell joined Peter Palmer, Dave Stealy, James Lewis among others in delivering the Carten 100 in May this year. A record breaking 650 cyclists took part, starting their journey from Cardiff and ending up in Tenby. The Carten 100 Organising Group was delighted at the number of riders who participated in the 2012 event, generating over £71,000 for JDRF. Peter Palmer said:
'We were delighted that the 2012 event was such a success and the event is growing in popularity each and every year. A huge heart-felt thanks to all our sponsors, who collectively donated £10,000 to the cause. A special thank you to the companies that provided the van and bike support. Finally, the biggest thanks of all goes to everyone who trained and dedicated their time to fundraise and crossed the finish line.'
The Mumbai Ball was organised by Janine Ridgwell and Lis Birch to support the Carten100 bike ride. It was held a month earlier in April at the Cardiff Coal Exchange, and saw over 300 enthusiastic supporters enjoy a wonderful evening of dancing and dining. The night raised over £13,000 for JDRF, through ticket sales, an auction and a prize draw.
Lloyd Ridgwell said:
'On behalf of my family, I am entirely grateful to our friends, family and strangers who supported us for dedicating their time and efforts to such a great cause. We are firm supporters of JDRF. We heard about the charity, via the hospital, when Katie was first diagnosed and appreciated the help we initially received and still do receive from them. We will continue to fundraise in order to help JDRF one day find the cure for Katie and so many others living with type 1.'
The Carten 100 was generously supported by MyLife Diabetes Care